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Suspect in fatal Meadowbrook Parkway crash can be held without bail, appellate court rules

Bilal Hassan, pictured on March 12, 2015 in

Bilal Hassan, pictured on March 12, 2015 in Mineola, pleaded not guilty in March to charges he allegedly got drunk and drove more than 130 mph with a revoked license during a Thanksgiving 2014 crash on the Meadowbrook Parkway that killed his 24-year-old passenger, Malih Takkouch of Brooklyn. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A judge's decision to hold a Brooklyn man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in Nassau County without bail has been upheld by a state appellate court, records show.

Bilal Hassan pleaded not guilty in March to charges he allegedly got drunk and drove more than 130 mph with a revoked license during a Thanksgiving 2014 crash on the Meadowbrook Parkway in Uniondale that killed his 24-year-old passenger, Malih Takkouch of Brooklyn.

Following Hassan's plea, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Meryl Berkowitz sent Hassan to jail without bail, where he remains while awaiting trial.

Hassan's attorney, Steven Gaitman of Uniondale, appealed the judge's bail ruling and lost, according to a decision from the state appellate division made public this week.

At the time of the wreck, Hassan was on probation from a drunken-driving conviction in Nassau weeks earlier and didn't have an alcohol interlock ignition device on his vehicle as his sentence required, prosecutors have said.

He is due back in court Sept. 21.

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