A Locust Valley man pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges for driving drunk and crashing into an ambulette in 2019, killing the patient inside, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in Nov. Alvaro Gutierrez-Garcia, 29, pleaded guilty to the charges; he could be sentenced to 6 to 12 years in prison. His driver’s license may also be revoked for a year.
“The defendant was nearly three times the legal limit and speeding when he crashed into an ambulette, flipped the emergency vehicle over, and killed retired NYPD detective Denis Motherway, while seriously injuring an EMT,” Singas said.
According to Singas, on Sept. 1, 2019, at approximately 11:45pm, defendant Alvaro Gutierrez-Garcia was allegedly driving a 1997 Cadillac sedan eastbound at a high rate of speed on Forest Avenue in Glen Cove when he struck the ambulette driving southbound on Walnut Road. The force of the crash caused the ambulette, which was transporting a patient to Glen Cove Hospital, to overturn. Motherway, 85, the patient, later died of injuries from the crash. A retired detective with the New York Police Department, his son, Timothy Motherway, had previously been killed in a drunk driving crash in March 2009.
Gutierrez-Garcia’s front-seat passenger suffered minor injuries, and emergency medical technician suffered serious physical injuries, and the driver suffered minor injuries. Gutierrez-Garcia is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 9.
Source: The Island Now