MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that an Elmont woman was sentenced today to seven to ten years in prison for a fatal crash in Elmont that killed a 65-year old man in February 2019.
Julie Debrosse, 31, pled guilty before Judge Fran Ricigliano on February 27 to manslaughter in the second degree (a C felony), assault in the second degree (a D violent felony) and driving while intoxicated (an unclassified misdemeanor). The defendant was sentenced to three and one-third to 10 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and seven years determinate in prison on the assault charge. Those sentences will run concurrently.
“Julie Debrosse was driving drunk at nearly three times the speed limit when she struck and killed an innocent man on his way home from work,” DA Singas said. “Our condolences are with the family and friends of Michael Saudo as they mourn his tragic loss.”
DA Singas said that on February 17, 2019, at approximately 3:10 am, the defendant was driving north on Meacham Avenue in Elmont, when her vehicle, a 2017 Honda Civic struck a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier in the driver’s side door as it was turning south onto Meacham Avenue off B Street.
After Nassau County Police Department officers responded to the scene, the driver of the Cavalier, 65-year-old Michael Saudo, was rushed to Nassau University Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead from injuries sustained during the crash.
Further investigation revealed the defendant was driving 88 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. The defendant was driving home from a party in Queens to Elmont at the time of the crash and had a blood alcohol concentration of .14 approximately 90 minutes after the crash.
Saudo, who previously served as a Captain in the Elmont Fire Department Rescue Company, was driving home from work at a bakery at the time of the crash and is survived by his adult children.
Senior Assistant District Attorneys Lisa Corso and Christopher Casa of DA Singas’ Vehicular Crimes Bureau are prosecuting this case. Nancy Garber, Esq. represents the defendant.