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Long Island man gets 12 years in prison for fatal crash

Brian Daly, 26, of Valley Stream, leaves the Nassau County Court after being sentenced on July 21 on manslaughter, assault, DWI and drug charges.
Photo Credit: Mike Balsamo

A Long Island man was sentenced Monday to serve 12 years in prison after admitting he was drunk and high on drugs in a high-speed crash that killed a father of three.

Brian Daly, 26, will spend 12 years in state prison followed by five years of supervised released. He pleaded guilty in March to first-degree depraved indifference assault, second-degree manslaughter, drug possession and DWI charges. He was charged in connection with a February 2013 crash that killed 46-year-old Christopher DeCrescito.

Prosecutors have said Daly, a Valley Stream resident, was drunk and high on cocaine when he allegedly slammed into DeCrescito’s minivan on Feb. 27, 2013. Authorities have charged he was traveling more than 40 mph over the speed limit and ran numerous red lights before the crash. They said he drove around cars that were stopped at the traffic lights and sped through another red signal, where he crashed into DeCrescito.

According to authorities, Daly slammed into the driver’s door of the minivan at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Corona Avenue in Franklin Square around 9:15 p.m. DeCrescito was killed on impact. When police arrived at the scene, they found Daly with more than half-an-ounce of cocaine, prosecutors said.

“Mrs. DeCrescito’s statement in court today said it all when she said that her husband ‘died a terrible death because of Brian Daly’s dangerous conduct and complete disregard for anything and anyone besides himself’,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement. “Nothing will give the DeCrescito family closure, but today’s prison sentence ensures that the defendant will pay for his crimes for a significant length of time. I hope that other drivers will learn from this tragedy.”

Prosecutors said DeCrescito left behind a wife and three children – ages 8, 9 and 12. Daly was taken into custody after the sentencing Monday morning at the Nassau County Court. He declined to comment as correction officers led him out of the courthouse.

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