Jordan Solomon was sentenced for a DWI crash last March that killed Stanley Christopher Soobrian, a father of four. NewsdayTV's Shari Einhorn reports.  Credit: Newsday Staff

A Nassau County judge sentenced a Jericho man who had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when his Kia slammed into motorcycle in March 2022 — killing a father of four — to 6½ to 15 years in prison Tuesday in Mineola. 

Jordan Solomon, 32, was driving 100 mph on March 15, 2022, when his Kia K5 crashed into the motorcycle driven by Stanley Christopher Soobrian of Queens on Jericho Turnpike in Jericho, Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly said. 

The impact sent the victim into the Kia’s windshield and embedded the motorcycle into the grill of the vehicle. Soobrian, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, authorities said. 

Acting Supreme Court Judge Caryn Fink told Solomon he would have a lot of time to think about the pain he inflicted on Soobrian’s family — and his own — as he serves his prison sentence. 

Jordan Solomon appears at the Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola for...

Jordan Solomon appears at the Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola for sentencing on Tuesday. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Solomon cried as he apologized in court to Soobrian’s friends and family for the pain he caused them. 

“I will live with this for the rest of my life,” he said as he sobbed. 

Tyrell Ford, Soobrian’s best friend, read a victim impact statement before Solomon was sentenced.

“This person has hurt our family and his own family and it was pure recklessness,” Ford said. “Chris meant so much to so many people. He truly was a genuine, generous, kind person who could captivate any room he was in.” 

Solomon pleaded guilty on March 20 to aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree assault and aggravated driving while intoxicated. Prosecutors said he had a blood alcohol content of 0.23% two hours after the crash. The legal limit is 0.08%.

About two dozen of Soobrian’s family members and friends attended Tuesday’s sentencing, including his partner, Adriana Rodriguez, the mother of his four young children.

They were joined by members of ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education), a motorcycle safety advocacy group. 

Soobrian’s children — ages 2, 5, 7 and 9 — were also present, wearing T-shirts with a photo of his face on the front. 

“It’s been hard, adjusting without my best friend,” Rodriguez said through tears.

Stanley Christopher Soobrian, who was killed in a DWI crash in...

Stanley Christopher Soobrian, who was killed in a DWI crash in 2022, in an undated photo. Credit: John Soobrian

Rodriguez said it was “nice to hear” Solomon's apology. “But that doesn’t change anything,” she said. “I’m glad he’s remorseful. It is what it is.” 

Soobrian’s brother said it was difficult to believe that Solomon got behind the wheel of a car after drinking, in the age of Uber and Lyft. 

“No amount of time will heal the wound, will fill the void or bring my brother back,” John Soobrian said.

Solomon had been celebrating a new job before he struck Soobrian’s motorcycle, Donnelly said during a news conference after Solomon was sentenced. Soobrian was on his way home from work when the crash occurred at 11:45 p.m. The victim worked in the restaurant industry and dreamed of opening his own eatery some day, Donnelly said.

The scene of the 2022 crash in Jericho that killed Stanley Christopher...

The scene of the 2022 crash in Jericho that killed Stanley Christopher Soobrian. Credit: Jim Staubitser

“That dream was cut short by the reckless actions of this defendant,” Donnelly said. “The crash was unlike anything our prosecutors and police had ever seen … the victim’s body was found approximately 150 yards away from the crash scene. The defendant drove another three-quarters of a mile after the collision, with the victim’s motorcycle embedded in the grill of his car.” 

John Soobrian said the anger he felt toward Solomon is gone, but he hopes the defendant understands what he took away from his family. 

“I’m no longer angry with him,” John Soobrian said. “Now it’s just up to him to understand what he did. He took away a brother, he took away a father, he took away a husband, he took away a son. He took the rest of my brother’s life. Who knows what he could have become?”

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