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Shirley Man Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter of Patchogue Man

Officials say Steven Tolar was driving drunk before December crash that killed Patchogue man.

A Shirley man pled not guilty Wednesday in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead to charges including vehicular manslaughter related to a according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Police had arrested Steven Tolar, 53, on charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI) after the fatal accident in Brookhaven that killed 43-year-old Scott Albrecht.

In addition to DWI and vehicular manslaughter, Tolar now also faces charges of manslaughter and reckless driving.

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

Judge Gary Weber unsealed the indictment and set cash bail at $250,000 or a $500,000 bond.

Debra Albrecht June 16, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Not a day goes by where I do not wish this man made a different choice that night of December 17th - the moment his car crossed that line in the road shattered my family forever. I pray ...... well, for a lot of things.
Debra Albrecht April 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Today, Steven Tolar the man who killed my husband Scott Albrecht plead guilty to all charges and will be sentenced on May 23rd. Although there will never be any relief for the pain or justice for the crime, this chapter will soon be over. Not a day goes by without constant reminders of the damage he has caused. The agony of watching the kids suffer each and every day is a life sentence for us all and there is simply nothing that can be humanly done to undo the damage.

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