Suspected DWI driver charged in Roslyn teens’ deaths appears in court

Suspected DWI driver charged in Roslyn teens’ deaths appears in court
Roslyn resident Amandeep Singh. (Photo courtesy of the Nassau County Police Department)

Amandeep Singh, the alleged drunk driver involved in an early May car crash that resulted in the deaths of two Roslyn teenagers, appeared in State Supreme Court again Tuesday morning.  But no action was taken against the defendant who faces a 15-count indictment.

Roslyn resident Singh, 34, was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road at 95 mph with a blood alcohol count of 0.15 four hours after his arrest and cocaine in his system, Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly said in a press conference following his arraignment June 26. The speed limit posted in the area of the collision is 40 mph.

He faces a series of charges in the vehicular crash that ensued and killed young tennis star Drew Hassenbein, 14, and Ethan Falkowitz, 14. Two other teenagers on the Roslyn Boys Varsity Tennis team were in the car and injured.

Singh was charged with multiple offenses, including aggravated vehicular homicide, assault, driving while intoxicated, driving while impaired by the combined influence of alcohol and a drug, reckless driving and a felony count of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, authorities said.

He faces a maximum of 32 years in prison if found guilty.

Approximately 50 people gathered at the Nassau County Court House Tuesday morning for Singh’s appearance. The court room was comprised of an even split between Hassenbein and Falkowitz family members and fellow community members on the lefthand side and Singh’s family on the righthand side.

The court appearance, which began at 10:17 a.m., took a total of three minutes.

Assistant DA Michael Bushwack said during court  that his office had delivered two additional discovery packets to the defense since Singh’s arraignment last month. Singh entered a not guilty plea at the arraignment.

The two discovery packets were delivered to Singh’s attorney James Kousouros on June 29 and July 11.

Bushwack said his office also filed a motion July 20 regarding non-testimonial evidence in the form of buccal swabs – or evidence swabbed from Singh’s mouth or cheeks.

The presiding Judge Helene Gugerty granted the defense until Aug. 8 to file an opposition to the swabs being submitted as evidence. The DA’s office then has until Aug. 15 to submit a reply. These are not appearance dates.

The court adjourned until Sept. 6 where the parties will appear in front of Judge David Gugerty again during a chamber’s conference. This will not be a court session open to the public.

​​Singh remains in custody. Donnelly said previously that her office hopes to keep him in custody until his trial or a plea deal is made.

Donnelly previously said that based on their investigation, Singh allegedly attended a party the afternoon of the day of the collision where he was drinking. After that, he allegedly went to other establishments where he continued to drink. she said.

At 10:19 p.m. on May 3, Singh, suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, was speeding south in the northbound lane of North Broadway in Jericho when his truck struck the Alpha Romeo occupied by the four teenagers.

As a result of the collision, the Alpha Romeo then hit a 2023 Volvo occupied by a driver, 49, and a passenger, 16. Both were treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to police.

Donnelly said Singh fled the scene afterward and was found by law enforcement hiding near a dumpster in a nearby shopping center parking lot.

When approached by Nassau County Police, Singh asked them why they were there as he believed he was in New Jersey, Donnelly said.

Singh was previously charged with driving while intoxicated as a youthful offender, meaning he was under the age of 19.

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