A real estate developer with homes in Sag Harbor and Manhattan was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a crash that killed his passenger, officials said Monday.
Sean Ludwick, 42, crashed his 2013 Porsche into a utility pole at a curve on Rolling Hill Court East in Sag Harbor about 2 a.m. Sunday, Southampton Town police said.
His passenger, Paul Hansen, 53, a Sag Harbor resident, was found dead at the crash scene, police said. Ludwick continued driving to the end of the block, turned right onto Highview Drive and drove two blocks to Woodvale Street, where his damaged car finally stopped, police said.
Ludwick was ordered held Monday on bail of $1 million bond or $500,000 cash by Judge Deborah Kooperstein in Southampton Justice Court. Defense attorney Daniel Ollen of Manhattan said he expected Ludwick would be able to post the bail.
Outside court, Robert Hansen, 60, of Southampton, the victim's brother, called him a wonderful father and "a wonderful provider for his wife and family."
Paul Hansen was a real estate broker at the Sag Harbor office of Douglas Elliman, the company said.
"Paul had a thirst for adventure that was contagious," Dottie Herman, president and chief executive of Douglas Elliman, said in a prepared statement. "We shall miss him greatly, but he will always have a place in our hearts."
Police said when they found Ludwick he was standing unsteadily outside his car. A "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was emanating from his breath, his speech was slurred and slow, his eyes were bloodshot, glossy, and hooded or partially closed," a police report said.
Ollen had argued for a lower bail, saying it should be set to reflect the low-level felony and single misdemeanor, "not charges that might happen in the future."
Prosecutors said nothing about additional charges, but the results of a blood test had not been returned Monday. In an earlier case, Ludwick pleaded guilty in Manhattan to a 2009 charge of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, court records show. He was fined $300 and had his license suspended for 90 days.
Ollen called Ludwick "a major real estate developer in the United States and across the world." Corporate records show his company, BlackHouse Development, has offices in Ludwick's town house at 31 Sutton Place in Manhattan, has four employees and annual revenue of about $950,000.
He also owns a home at 319 Brick Kiln Rd., not far from the scene of the crash.
Ludwick is married and has two children, his attorney said. His wife was in the courtroom but did not speak to reporters.Southampton Town police said they were still investigating the crash and anyone with information could call the detective squad at 631-702-2230 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8577.