- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island lawyer has denied accusations he was driving drunk and on drugs in a fatal September crash that killed a 21-year-old mechanic.

Police say Raj Jadeja (jah-DAY’-jah) drove his car into the back of George Ragotte’s car on the Long Island Expressway in Plainview.

Jadeja’s lawyer entered not guilty pleas to homicide charges Wednesday in Mineola.

Authorities say Ragotte, of Lake Ronkonkoma, had slowed down to avoid an accident when he was hit. He died at a hospital.

Jadeja, of Brooklyn, was indicted in December on charges including aggravated vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired by drugs.

Jadeja’s attorney says other reckless drivers caused the crash.

The Hempstead lawyer is free on $275,000 bail. He’s expected back in court next month.

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