- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island man has denied charges stemming from a high-speed crash that killed a man and scalped a woman.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/22z3nNr ) prosecutors say 37-year-old Jonathan Sobrane had been drinking alcohol and was on drugs on April 17 when he clipped the back of a sport utility vehicle on the Southern State Parkway near West Hempstead.

Sobrane’s car spun off the road, hit trees and struck a light pole.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Vito Errico was thrown from the car and died at the scene. Another passenger suffered massive head lacerations that left her skull exposed.

Sobrane, of Freeport, pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide charges on Wednesday. His bond was also increased from $350,000 to $500,000.

Defense attorney David Haber says it was a “horrible accident.”

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

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