Report: Shirley Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter of Patchogue Man

Steven Tolar admitted to actions that led to death of Scott Albrecht, reports Newsday.

A Shirley man plead guilty Monday in Suffolk Criminal Court to charges including vehicular manslaughter related to a  reports Newsday.

Police that Scott Albrecht, 43, was killed when a 2002 Lincoln Navigator driven by Steven Tolar, 54, went over a marked divider while traveling east on Montauk Highway near Old South Country Road, colliding into the 2011 Chevrolet van driven by Albrecht on Dec. 17 at 10:20 p.m. Albrecht was pronounced dead at the scene.

Newsday reports that Tolar plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

Newsday also reports that Tolar initially was reluctant to plead guilty, but is being promised by Judge John Toomey Jr. that he will be sentenced to three to nine years in prison, versus the recommendation of four to 12 years offered by the Suffolk District Attorney's office.

Albrecht's wife, Debra Albrecht, posted on Patch several photos of Scott with his children, and also posted a comment on Patch on when the guilty plea was announced.

"Although there will never be any relief for the pain or justice for the crime, this chapter will soon be over," Debra wrote.

Debra has also previously written a  of thanks to the community for giving her and her family support following her husband's death.

Tolar's sentencing is scheduled for May 23 reports Newsday.

For more information on the pleading, including Tolar's blood-alcohol content level and what he said he drank before the crash, read the original report in Newsday (subscription).

Debra Albrecht April 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I knew it was coming - the news report - and yet as I read it - it is as if it could be an article I have read a thousand times over and yet it is happeneing to me, to my family. I read the article in newsday and am deeply saddened by the comments. Anger is a very real emotion, and the rage felt justified, but please - let the anger go. It is toxic and will destroy us, I struggle every day to let God have my anger and it seems as I awake each mornign like an old friend grief and anger are waiitng for me. A choice is made.....not always the right one. I hate the fact that this made made a choice to drink and drive...I HATE IT!! A red hot burning hatred at such a careless act, but it serves no purpose. Once again I reach out for God and ask Him to show me once again how to forgive, how to love and how to survive. I teach my children that Mr. Tolar is not a bad man, he simply made a bad choice -a fact I say for not only their sakes, but my own.
Gerald Rothaus April 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I disagree! Mr. Tolar is a bad man. His choice to drink and drive makes him so, I'm sure he has done it many times and something like this was inevitable. Very sad for everyone, but taking the Daddy from his children is unforgivable. God bless Mrs. Albrecht and may He watch over her and her children.
Joe Truesoldier May 06, 2012 at 09:12 AM
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