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Jun 10, 2010 1:10 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Motorcyclist now faces manslaughter charge

Jun 10, 2010 1:10 PM

A grand jury has indicted Matthew Byank, the Manorville teenager whose pregnant fiancé died when he lost control of his motorcycle while fleeing an East Hampton Town Police officer on May 24, with a felony charge of manslaughter in the second degree, according to court documents.

Mr. Byank, 19, will be arraigned on the manslaughter charge before Justice Stephen Braslow in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead on Friday, June 11.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Mr. Byank’s fiancé, Lauren M. Parris, 19, of Mastic Beach, was killed when Mr. Byank lost control of his motorcycle on Route 27 near Dolphin Drive on Napeague on the evening of May 24.

According to East Hampton Town Police, the accident occurred after Mr. Byank attempted to flee an officer who tried to pull him over for speeding in Montauk.

Mr. Byank also faces a felony charge of unlawfully fleeing a police officer and numerous traffic violations filed earlier in connectionwith the accident. He had been wanted on a bench warrant for a series of previous traffic violations. He was released on bail after his arraignment on the initial charges by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana.

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