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State prison for man guilty in fatal crash

Perez

GOSHEN – A New York City man who drove under the influence of drugs and crashed his BMW on Route 17M in the Town of Wallkill, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo on Wednesday to five to 15 years in state prison.

Robinson Perez, 31, pled guilty on December 18, 2018 to aggravated vehicular manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, driving at over 100 miles an hour and crashing head on into the victim’s car, killing Dustin Mills, 30, of Middletown.

Perez was given concurrent sentences of five to 15 years in prison on the charge of aggravated vehicular homicide and one year in jail on the charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

Prosecutors had argued that state troopers had unsuccessfully attempted to pull Perez over when they notice he was driving over 100 miles an hour.

At the time he pled guilty, Perez admitted he was driving under the influence of marijuana at the time of the collision and that the car he had been driving crossed over the double yellow line and into the opposite lane of travel before colliding with the oncoming car.

“While no state prison sentence can ever compensate for the pain experienced by a grieving family, I hope that this sentence brings some measure of closure to the victim’s family and his loved ones,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “Fatalities caused by those who drive while under the influence of any substance are as preventable as they are tragic. This victim was lawfully using the roadway and had every right to expect that he would be able to safely get to his destination without a speeding driver, impaired by marijuana, inexplicably crossing over a double yellow line into his lane and killing him.”


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