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Levittown motorist indicted on manslaughter charges in fatal crash

Brian Friedrichs, 23, was arraigned Sept. 24, 2014

Brian Friedrichs, 23, was arraigned Sept. 24, 2014 on second-degree manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter charges. Credit: New York State Police

A Levittown motorist in a July fatal crash was indicted on manslaughter charges after the black box data recorder in his vehicle showed he was going 120 mph, the Nassau district attorney's office said Thursday.

Brian Friedrichs, 23, was arraigned Wednesday on second-degree manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter charges. He is also charged with drunken driving, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and marijuana possession.

The single-car crash on July 22 killed Friedrichs' passenger, Christopher Gallina, 23, of Levittown, after Friedrichs lost control of his 2012 Mazda about 4 a.m. on the westbound Northern State Parkway in Westbury, police said.

The black box in the Mazda showed Friedrichs was going 120 mph just before the crash, prosecutors said.

The vehicle flipped several times and the two were ejected, police said.

Friedrichs was also drunk, and marijuana and marijuana pipes were recovered from the vehicle and the crash scene, authorities said. A spokesman for District Attorney Kathleen Rice declined to reveal Friedrichs' blood-alcohol level.

Friedrichs, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was ordered held without bail Wednesday.

"This was a tragedy for everyone concerned, as one of Brian's best friends sustained fatal injuries, and Brian was seriously injured as well," said defense attorney Alan Schwartz of Garden City.

Schwartz said he is conducting his own investigation of the crash and going over forensic reports presented to him by prosecutors.

In a statement, Rice called Friedrichs' actions "criminally reckless": "It is a miracle no other innocent motorist was killed by this defendant driving drunk and 120 mph on a Nassau County parkway."

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