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Coram man sentenced for driving drunk, high in fatal crash

Rafael Ortiz, 59 of Coram, pleaded guilty to

Rafael Ortiz, 59 of Coram, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, DWI and driving while ability impaired by drugs in an April 2014 crash that killed his stepfather. He was sentenced to up to 13 years in state prison on Wednesday, said Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota. Photo Credit: SCDA

A Coram man was sentenced to up to 13 years in state prison for driving while drunk and high in a crash two years ago that killed his 83-year-old stepfather, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Wednesday.

Rafael Ortiz, 59, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by drugs, Spota’s office said.

Ortiz waived his right to appeal.

Both Oritz and stepfather Dominic Bottiglieri were ejected from a 2001 Toyota Camry on April 21, 2014, when the car veered off the road east of Exit 50 in Melville and hit a tree and a telephone pole, authorities said.

Bottiglieri was pronounced dead at the scene.

Spota said Ortiz told authorities on the night of the crash that he drank wine, beer and vodka, and took oxycodone. The district attorney said police at the crash scene also found a pipe with marijuana residue in his pocket.

State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho sentenced Ortiz Wednesday to an upstate correctional facility for 6 1⁄2 to 13 years.

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