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Guilty Plea In Crash That Killed West Islip Man

Oscar Ramirez of Brentwood faces up to 15 years in prison for April 2011 incident.

A Brentwood man has pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing two men — including one from West Islip — in an April 2011 crash on the Wantagh State Parkway.

This past Friday, Oscar Ramirez, 30, entered the guilty plea to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, two counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, and Driving While Intoxicated. A judge agreed to sentence Ramirez to five to 15 years in prison in exchange for his plea. Ramirez is due back in court July 26.

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According to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Ramirez was driving a Ford Windstar minivan northbound on Wantagh Parkway when he side-swiped a Kia sedan driven by Larry Scuteri, 49, of West Islip and Daniel Gambardella, 46, of North Babylon.

After being hit by Ramirez’ minivan, the Kia was pushed on to the parkway’s east shoulder and across the grass, became airborne and struck a tree, which killed Scuteri and Gambardella instantly.

Ramirez, who Rice said is in the country illegally and has no driver’s license, admitted that he drank nine beers that night and had a blood-alcohol content of .10 more than two hours after the crash.

Scuteri and Gambardella were on their way to Manhattan where both men worked as members of the Carpenter’s Union.

“This is a devastating tragedy that could have easily been prevented if this defendant had chosen to put down his keys and call a cab,” Rice said. “Unfortunately, Oscar Ramirez made a different choice, and he must now face the repercussions of that decision.”

William Bailey June 18, 2012 at 09:32 PM
5-15 yrs that's it?
William Bailey June 18, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Should be getting a Life sentence but folks get used to it. With the huge illegal population On long island this will be the Norm.
Laurie June 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I would hope that he will be deported once he gets released from prison. There should be a mandatory sentance for driving without a license. Too many people die every day due to this kind of recklessness.
Paul Poteat June 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM
William, I didn't realize there was a link between our illegal population problem and drunk driving. If I had to wager I bet most of the people arrested for driving under the influence are here legally. Not sure there is a connection to be made there. Btw, 5-15 for killing 2 people seems a little out of whack doesn't it?
Mark June 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Paul, I agree 5-15 is really ridiculous for killing 2 people. He should be in for 25 to life with mandatory 25 year minimum, then deported immediately for his own country to deal with. Regarding the link between “illegal population” and drunk driving, there is a straight line...I have no issue with legal aliens. Not reported is that the driver killed, Illario Scuteri, was an immigrant himself. He came to the U.S. legally. (My own wife’s parents are both Spanish speaking immigrants). Illario was on his way to work overtime at 4:52 am with is partner Dan Gambardella. Ramirez-Lopez was on his way from reckless partying. See the contrast. Ramirez-Lopez’s: breaking the law entering the US Illegally, breaking the law by staying, by driving without a license, by driving drunk and ultimately vehicular murder of these two fathers. I see the connection. Can you?
Mark June 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
BTW: Ramirez-Lopez’s is one of thousands (as of 2006 there were over 500,000+) illegal aliens in New York State. Supporters, of illegal aliens say they are only here for a better life. Does that better life mean taking someone else's life, or ruining a multiple family's lives? An average of 25 people a day are killed in the U.S. by an illegal alien criminal, and 12 OF THOSE VICTIMS ARE KILLED BY DWI . That’s every day. Criminal Aliens are arrested an average of 7 times and 65% are arrested at least once for an immigration related charge. (See:http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11187.pdf ) Yes, U.S. citizens also break the law by driving drunk, often with tragic result, but there is no place for relativism. If Ramirez-Lopez wasn’t here, these two men would be with their families today.
Paul Poteat June 19, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I guess we’re arguing semantics here. It’s probably a waste of our time. At issue are the lives and families ruined at the hands of an alcohol fueled disaster. Everything else seems secondary. I didn’t want to see the comments section get hijacked into an illegal alien debate. The focus should be on stomping out drunk driving.
Mark June 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Paul to your comment below - I can agree in so much as the issue is illegal behavior. Drinking is not illegal, being drunk in a dangerous way is. I do not excuse the fact that he is here illegally as a secondary issue - because bad behavior, illegal entry, begets bad behavior - per my note below we have enough of our own problems.
William Bailey June 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Paul, it's. Your wacko liberal thinking that is the problem.
matthew paules June 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
If you are troubled with the sentece he got contact your new york state assembly men Joe Saladino and let him know. Joe is a great guy who shares are values but is fighting a up hill battle against the liberals like sheldon silver,who is doing as much as he can to keep New York liberal. I Personally am outraged and have already spoken to him about this as well as other importantant issues. Trust me he is on are side.
Joseph LoSchiavo June 25, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Mr. Bailey , with all respect intended, this has absolutely nothing to do with and immigrant debate. Do not do these murdered victims a diservice, here. Plain and simple, this is murder. Anytime someine knowingly Drives intoxicated, they should suffer the consequenses. Here in lies the priblem. We (private citizens, and govt lawmakers ) are Not serious about this issue. If we were, then there would be laws reflecting the severity of this crime. Murder 2. Serious: Anyone caught DWI ( First offense) Mandatory 6 month incarnation.. NO plea bargains. Take the attorneys out of the equation . If you murder someone while dwi, Murder 25 to life. Until then, these laws And Lawmakers are a JOKE.
Chris F June 25, 2012 at 04:43 PM
He just works hard doing the jobs Americans won't do right? <rolls eyes> This must be those "good family values and patriotism" that Obama claims the illegal immigrants have.
Chris F June 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Do you guys know that 12 Americans are killed by or as a result of illegal immigrants or our weakly protected borders every day?
jessica July 28, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Everyone makes mistakes. You can't judge everyone the same.

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