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Nesconset Man Receives 4 to 12 Years for Fatal DWI

Robert Watson III was sentenced in a Riverhead court Wednesday for a drunk driving accident that killed a Patchogue man.

A Nesconset man was sentenced to serve 4 to 12 years in prison after driving drunk and fleeing the scene of a fatal accident.

Robert Watson III, 24, pleaded guilty in July to one count of vehicular manslaughter, first-degree assault and aggravated driving stemming from an October 2010 accident that killed Patchogue resident Kevin Mead.

Watson was driving his 2007 Nissan on Veterans Memorial Highway in Bohemia when he driven by 57-year-old Allan Collins. Collins was in the left turning lane, stopped at a red light at the intersection of Johnson Avenue.

Following the crash, Watson sped off but was quickly apprehended by police.

Mead, 26, who was sitting in the back of the Mazda, sustained severe head and neck injuries in the crash. He was rushed to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, where he died as result of the injuries 11 days later.

When Watson pleded guilty in July, he said he had been out having a few beers at a Smithtown bar then was drinking vodka with a friend, before getting behind the wheel of the car, according to Newsday. Watson had a 0.21 percent blood-alcohol at the time of the accident. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

He apologized to his family for his actions in court on Wednesday.

Read Newsday (subscription required) for the statement and reactions of the victim's family.

annette kattau September 30, 2011 at 02:06 PM
ONLY 4-12 years he killed someone not enough
Joseph LoSchiavo September 30, 2011 at 05:38 PM
This is not only a tragedy for the Mead family and friends, but it is also a travesty. 4-12 and out on parole in 2 is a joke. There is nothing laughable about this murder except for the sentence. The judge should be ashamed as well as the plea for this criminal. We as a country are not serious about this about this epidemic. If we were we would have better laws in place. #1 Mandatory jail time if caught DWI. #2 God for bid you murder someone while in the commision of DWI; Life in prison. Take the attorny and DA plea bargains out of the eqation. Condolences and sorrow to The Meads.
Sarge October 16, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Joe: Right on the mark! The laws are a joke, and protect the criminals. Kevin was a great kid, always respectful, and very smart. I wish he had stayed in the USAF. 4-12 for killing someone, he's lucky he didn't have a Ponzi scheme going, he would have got twenty years! Hope all is well with you. Sarge

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