Long Island man pleads not guilty to DWI charge in fatal crash

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SOUTHOLD, New York — Prosecutors allege a man charged in a fatal Long Island crash had a blood-alcohol content that was more than double the legal limit.

Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Miller made the allegation Tuesday at the arraignment for 71-year-old John Costello of Greenport.

Authorities say his pickup truck crossed into an oncoming lane of Route 25 on Dec. 6.

The collision killed a passenger in another vehicle, Miguel Bartolone of Peconic.

Defense attorney William Keahon entered his client's not-guilty plea to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/13uhRWj ) says Costello and Keahon both declined to comment after the arraignment.

The Southold town justice said he may recuse himself because he's personally acquainted with Costello and his family.


Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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