Grasing Charged with Murder

Babylon man accused of driving drunk and killing Lindenhurst teen Brittney Walsh is facing additional charges.

Michael Grasing, the Babylon man accused of driving drunk and causing a car crash that killed  , is now facing a murder charge.

A grand jury indictment unsealed on Wednesday morning in a Riverhead court room is charging Grasing with second degree murder, the first time in recent memory a DWI has resulted in such a charge in Suffolk County.

In addition, he faces charges that include aggravated vehicular homicide, second degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, first degree reckless endangerment and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

The arraignment also included three lesser driving charges.

Grasing pled not guilty to all of the listed charges.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, speaking to reporters after the arraignment, called Grasing's alleged drunk driving "some of the worst I've ever seen."

"The actions...and decisions of the defendant to continue to drive and not to pull over cry out for the crime of murder in the second degree," said Spota.

"My decision was made not only because we have a recorded BAC of .30...not only because he was speeding...not only because he was driving all over the road...but combined with that, this defendant was warned beforehand his dangerous and erratic driving could kill someone," he said.

Eyewitnesses spoke about a driver that yelled at Grasing the night of the crash to pull over in West Babylon because of his erratic driving.

Thomas Walsh, Brittney's father, stood behind Spota along with his wife and family during the conference. He said seeing Grasing for the first time was "difficult."

"No matter what happens in the court room, it'll never bring back my little girl," said Walsh.

According to police, Grasing reportedly swerved in and out of traffic, ran red lights, drove on the sidewalk and sped at rates of 85 to 100 miles per hour  driven by Lindenhurst 18-year-old Brittney Walsh.

The impact flipped her car several times before stopping at a utility pole. The recent Copiague High School graduate died at the scene.

Grasing was  of .30, nearly four times the legal limit, nearly an hour-and-a-half after the crash, according to Spota.

Grasing's bail was reset during Wednesday's arraignment. Bail now sits at $1,000,000 cash and the surrender of his passport.


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Wendy G July 18, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Well he is being charged with this but he has not yet been convicted of these charges. We can hope that there is enough evidence to support the charges so he is found guilty.
LindyMom*4 July 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I myself believe he should pay for what he has done, but nothing has been said as to where he was just before getting into his car. Also, his family will not know what it is like to loose a loved one because they will be able to visit him in jail. What ends up happening is that we including Brittney's family will have to pay to have him in jail as well as support his children.
Mark July 19, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I also am curious about where he was drinking before the accident. If he was at a bar or even served in another person's house, there is a huge civil lawsuit pending at least, and they might be criminally liable as well.
Scott Moore July 19, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Hi all. DA Spota mentioned today they are still investigating where Grasing was prior to the West Babylon Wendy's. He said they had a few leads, but could not say much because it was still speculation. When we find out, we'll be sure to pass it along. It's going to be a big detail in this case.
Lishele Fioravanti July 19, 2012 at 02:30 PM
My heart bleeds for Brittney's parents. As a mother, this is the most heinous crime imaginable!!


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