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Locust Valley man arraigned on charges he drove drunk, killing ambulette patient

A Locust Valley man, who drove drunk and at a high rate of speed before crashing into an ambulette Sunday night in Glen Cove, killing a patient inside, was held without bail Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Alvaro Gutierrez-Garcia, 27, was arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead and charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter, aggravated DWI and two counts of driving while intoxicated.

District Court Judge Martin Massell remanded Gutierrez-Garcia and suspended his license, prosecutors said.

Gutierrez-Garcia was driving a 1997 Cadillac STS east on Forest Avenue when he struck the ambulette at 11:45 p.m., causing the vehicle to overturn, police said. The emergency vehicle was going south on Walnut Road with its lights and sirens on and had a male patient inside who was having difficulty breathing, police said.

The patient, Denis Motherway, 85, of Bayville, who had an unrelated medical condition, went into cardiac arrest due to the collision and was pronounced dead at Glen Cove Hospital, according to charging documents. The emergency driver of the ambulette was taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries, police said.

Police said Gutierrez-Garcia was intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .18, more than twice the legal limit, charging documents show.

The Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, which represented Gutierrez-Garcia at Tuesday's arraignment, did not respond to a request for comment.

Gutierrez-Garcia is due back in court Thursday.

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