For the first time in New York, an alleged drunk boater was indicted on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota.
Aggravated vehicular homicide is a charge designed for drunk drivers, but a Suffolk grand jury instead brought that charge against alleged drunk boater Brian Andreske, 27, of Dix Hills.
Prosecutors said Andreske was drunk and high June 23 when he crashed his powerboat into another vessel in Great South Bay.
Christopher Mannino, a 39-year-old father of two from West Islip, was killed in the crash.
"So many people have been badly injured or killed on the water," Spota told reporters Wednesday. "The time has come that we have to be very aggressive."