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Guilty Plea in Boat Crash That Killed West Islip Man

Brian Andreski, of Dix Hills, pleads guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other charges in the June boat crash that claimed the life of Christopher Mannino.

A Dix Hills man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in a drunken boating collision that took the life of West Islip resident Christopher Mannino pleaded guilty Monday in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead.

Brian Andreski, 27, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter in the second degree and one count of criminal tax fraud before Judge James Hudson, Suffolk County District Attorney Spokesperson Robert Clifford said.

Andreski faces up to 12 years in prison, and will appear in a video discussing his drunk boating charge, to be used in future boating safety courses.

Andreski was charged with operating a vessel while intoxicated [BWI], a misdemeanor immediately following the fatal crash on June 23.

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Mannino, 39, was one of five people aboard a 38-foot fishing boat on its way to a Mako Shark fishing tournament when Andreski’s 25-foot speedboat slammed into the vessel near a stanchion under the Robert Moses Causeway around 4:50 a.m. 

Mannino was thrown from the boat and his body was found by divers about nine hours later, officials said. No one else on the fishing boat was hurt. Andreski and a passenger on the speedboat suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Andreski is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Tre December 11, 2012 at 02:02 PM
What a terrible thing that happened. I am SO sorry for all involved. But glad he was man enough to admit his mistakes. And for the family that lost their loved one, I am soo sorry for you and feel terrible about this tragedy. RIP
Baby Girl December 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM
R.I.P. Chris, at least Brian was man enough to own up to his mistake...And hopefully his Public Service Video that he has agreed to make on the dangers of Boating While Intoxicated may save a few live's. Unfortunately a loss had to come out of this but laws will now be changed. Now you can Rest in Peace Chris. Nikki I hope this gives you some peace sweetie, Remember I'm always here.
Liam Murphy December 12, 2012 at 09:09 PM
So much for all the Philidelphia lawyers who commented on the patch about how he won't see jail. He wasn't man enough to admit his actions, he had no choice inorder to take a plea. RIP Chris and Godspeed to his family!!!!
neayghs December 13, 2012 at 09:00 AM
I only look forward to my Christmas

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