Matthew J. Byank, whose pregnant fiancée, Lauren M. Parris, died in a motorcycle crash in May 2010 after he tried to outrun police on the Napeague stretch, pleaded guilty on May 9 to second-degree manslaughter. He will be sentenced on July 18 to 2 to 7 years in prison by Suffolk County Judge C. Randall Hinrichs. The sentence was agreed upon as part of a plea-bargaining process.
Mr. Byank, at that time a resident of Manorville, and Ms. Parris, of Mastic Beach, who were both 19 at the time, had taken a day trip to Montauk. At 9:30 that night they began their ill-fated trip home, both wearing helmets, Ms. Parris clinging to Mr. Byank’s back aboard his 2006 Suzuki motorcycle. They were speeding west near Second House Road when they passed East Hampton Town police officer Bradley Rozzi, who was monitoring traffic.
The officer turned on his siren and followed, but instead of pulling over Mr. Byank accelerated, racing away from the police car. The Suzuki is a large cycle designed for high speed, and can in seconds hit speeds as fast as 145 miles per hour. Officer Rozzi quickly lost sight of the speeding cycle and radioed ahead for help.
Several miles later, on Montauk Highway near the Art Barge, he came across what was left of the cycle, scattered shreds of metal, after it had smashed into a light pole. Ms. Parris had been thrown from the motorcycle and was not breathing.
Backup officers arrived and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to no avail. She was transported to Southampton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Mr. Byank’s speed was estimated at 90 to 115 m.p.h. when he struck the pole, said Glenn Kurtzrock, an assistant district attorney, during his arraignment.