A 19-year-old Glen Head man accused last year of beating his roommate to death with a hammer, died early Friday morning after his car veered off the road in Glenwood Landing and struck a utility pole, Nassau police said.
Quentin Capobianco, who was indicted by a Queens County grand jury in July 2015 on charges of manslaughter and weapons possession, was pronounced dead at the scene on Shore Road at 5:13 a.m., police said.
An unidentified 20-year-old female passenger in Capobianco’s vehicle was taken by Glenwood Fire Department ambulance to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.
Though his car slid across north- and southbound lanes, no other vehicles were involved. The crash remains under investigation.
The collision comes more than a year after Capobianco was accused of killing his roommate, attorney and Sea Cliff native Jesse Smith, 29. Authorities say the teen repeatedly struck the lawyer in the head with a hammer on the afternoon of Jan. 12, 2015.
New York City police officers found the victim with a severe head injury after they responded to a call at the Astoria apartment the men shared. Police say Capobianco told the officers he and Smith had been in an ongoing dispute over money.
Capobianco was initially charged with murder in the second degree but was indicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Kevin R. Ryan, spokesman for the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, said his bail had been set at $250,000 bond or $125,000 cash. The sum was paid and Capobianco was released.
The case was in the pre-trial phase when Capobianco died, Ryan said. The young man’s next court appearance was slated for April 13 in Supreme Court in Queens County.
Capobianco graduated from North Shore High School in 2014 and, according to the school district’s website, was a member of its mock trial team.
His LinkedIn page said he studied economics at St. John’s University. He said on the website that he worked as a paralegal, listing Smith as his employer.
Ryan said once Capobianco’s death certificate is received, the case will be abated.