A Cambria Heights man who pleaded guilty to driving his friend away from the scene of a crash that killed three people on Long Island was sentenced to up to three years in prison on Tuesday, the Suffolk County district attorney said.
Demitri Stewart was sentenced before State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho, who called the defendant’s behavior “despicable.” Camacho accepted Stewart’s guilty plea to spare the victim’s family the emotional trauma of a second trial.
Stewart drove a friend, Oniel Sharpe Jr., away from an early morning crash scene on July 12, 2015 on the Southern State Parkway, Suffolk DA Thomas J. Spota said.
He was convicted on charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash, fourth degree criminal facilitation and third degree hindering prosecution.
Sharpe, who is from Springfield Gardens, was weaving in and out of traffic at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour at the time. He rear-ended an SUV that burst into flames, killing the driver, Queens resident Ancio Ostane, 37, and two of his children— Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4. Ostane’s wife escaped the burning vehicle with minor injuries.
A jury has already convicted Sharpe of aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter in the second degree, leaving the scene of a fatal crash and tampering with evidence, the DA said. Sharpe, 26, faces up to 36 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 18.