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Jun 22, 2010 5:05 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Motorcyclist released on $150,000 bail

Jun 22, 2010 5:05 PM

The motorcyclist involved in an accident that killed his pregnant fiancee last month was released from jail on Thursday after posting $150,000 cash bail, according to his attorney.

Matthew Byank, 19, of Manorville had been held in Suffolk County Jail in Riverside since being arraigned on an upgraded second-degree manslaughter charge before Justice Stephen Braslow on June 11. Justice Braslow had set bail at either $150,000 in cash or a $250,000 bond.

Tad Scharfenberg, Mr. Byank’s lawyer, said family and friends pooled their resources to post the bail.

Mr. Byank was arrested by East Hampton Town Police on May 24 after they said he sped away from an officer who had attempted to pull him over in Montauk and lost control of his vehicle on the Napeague stretch in Amagansett and hit a utility pole. Lauren Parris, 19, Mr. Byank’s fiancee, was on the back of the 2006 Suzuki motorcycle and was killed after she was thrown about 80 feet following the collision, according to details of the accident read by Assistant District Attorney Glenn Kurtzrock at the arraignment. Mr. Byank was driving between 90 and 115 mph at the time of the crash, according to Mr. Kurtzrock.

Ms. Parris was pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital. Mr. Byank was also injured in the crash—he fractured his collarbone and sprained his ankle.

Mr. Byank is also still facing his initial charges, including unlawfully fleeing a police officer, a felony, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. When he was indicted by a grand jury on June 2, manslaughter was added to the charges he is facing. Mr. Byank also had a bench warrant for his arrest based on a prior traffic violation in which police said left the scene of an accident with property damage, Mr. Kurtzrock said at the arraignment.

Mr. Byank’s next court date is scheduled for July 14.

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By LINYCGirl (7), New York on Jun 22, 10 4:03 PM
Absolutely disgraceful!
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Jun 22, 10 7:46 PM
What a piece of Garbage!!!! He ought to get LIFE!!
By johnnyhampton (82), Southampton on Jun 22, 10 10:13 PM
With a capital "G".
Jun 23, 10 2:07 AM appended by Mr. Z
In my father's tongue, the word is "smecem" [sm(schwa)-chem], with a little slash above the soft "c", like in church.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 23, 10 2:07 AM
This is a disgrace to everything that is to known as Law and order. This man should have his soul locked up in a box to be released after burning along with his earthly body like my Daughter Lauren. He should have died that night along side of her so she could beat him everyday of her spiritual life after death. Please join me at a blog site I created in memory of my daughter. This site is intended to bring light to those who hide from it. WWW.TellOnEveryone.com
By DParris (12), Mastic Beach on Jun 23, 10 12:01 PM
Cast your Vote now!

http://www.telloneveryone.com/SMF_Forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=gvi2lr9dhm46k8j8bm10crpql4&topic=6.msg7%3Btopicseen#msg7Motorcyclist released on $150,000 bail
Motorcyclist released on $150,000 bail
By DParris (12), Mastic Beach on Jun 24, 10 5:09 PM
As the above reply correctly states, I couldn't begin to comprehend your family's loss. When reading the facebook walls regarding your daughter's memory, she appears to have touched so many lives in a positive way for the time she was alive. Let's hope for everyone's sake your daughter's influence stays them for the rest of their lives. They will all be better for it...
I hope you, your wife and daughter can live 1 day without the pain and suffering of the loss of your daughter...
By TimeWillTell (4), New York on Jul 1, 10 8:17 PM
D Parris-
I can't even begin to comprehend your pain....no words except to say I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope Byank gets the maximum sentence.
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Jun 28, 10 8:10 AM