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Man faces DWI, manslaughter charges in fatal crash, cops say

A 29-year-old man facing drunken driving and manslaughter charges was remanded without bail Monday after police said he caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Hempstead Sunday night, authorities said.

Nassau County police said the crash killed a 31-year-old man, but did not release the identity of the victim pending notification of next of kin.

Police said the defendant, identified as Darwin Velasquez, of Hempstead, made a left-hand turn in front of the victim, causing a collision between his vehicle and the operator of the Suzuki motorcycle — and causing the motorcyclist to be ejected from the bike. The crash occurred at 10:55 p.m. Sunday.

Velasquez suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital and released, police said.

Velasquez was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving, police said.

Court records and Nassau County District Attorney spokeswoman Miriam Sholder said Velasquez was held without bail Monday following arraignment. Velasquez also had his license suspended, Sholder said.

Velasquez is represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, records said. His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday. With Antonio Planas

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