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Sag Harbor man pleads guilty in DWI crash that injured child

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A Sag Harbor man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a series of felony charges in connection with a drunken driving crash that seriously injured a young boy in East Hampton last summer, according to court records.

William Hurley, 60, pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to seven criminal counts, including two counts of second-degree vehicular assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, two counts of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

Prosecutors said he was driving with a .14 percent blood-alcohol content – nearly twice the legal limit – when he was swerved into oncoming traffic along Route 114 in East Hampton last July. Hurley’s Toyota pickup truck collided head on with a BMW being driven by 53-year-old Elizabeth Krimendahl of New York City.

Her 6-year-old son was in a child seat in the backseat of the sedan and was hospitalized after suffering a “skull injury,” prosecutors said. Krimendahl was also hurt and suffered a leg injury in the crash.

At the time of the crash, police said Hurley had “glassy, bloodshot eyes” and smelled of alcohol. He allegedly told investigators that he fell asleep at the wheel, admitted that he was drinking before the crash.

“The defendant, who was driving all over the highway, crossing over the double yellow lines several times prior to the crash, told East Hampton Town police officers that he was tired, and admitted at the scene that he consumed two drinks made of Vodka and Graprefruit Juice, drinks that he described as “strong ones,” Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota said.

As part of a plea deal, State Supreme Court Judge Fernando Camacho is expected to sentence Hurley to two years in prison and two years of post-release supervision.

He is due back in court on April 22.

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