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Apr 28, 2016 12:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Ludwick Attorney Says Holes In Prosecution's Case

William Keahon is one of the attorneys representing Sean Ludwick, who allegedly was driving drunk and dragged his passenger out of the car and left him for dead on the side of the road last summer. Alisha Steindecker
May 2, 2016 4:07 PM

There will be no plea bargain for Sean Ludwick, a part-time Bridgehampton resident accused of driving drunk, dragging and leaving his passenger dead on the side of the road last summer after a crash, according to his defense attorney.

Outside of a Suffolk County Criminal courtroom in Central Islip last Thursday, April 28, where Mr. Ludwick, now 43, was on the calendar, his Hauppague-based criminal defense attorney William Keahon said that he believes there are holes in the prosecution’s case, enough to warrant taking the case to trial, which will likely not start until the fall.

In January, Mr. Ludwick was arrested on a bench warrant after prosecutors said he was trying to flee the country while free on $1 million bail after last summer’s summer crash. He was subsequently remanded to the Suffolk County Jail without bail, after prosecutors convinced the judge that he was a flight risk.

Prosecutors say Mr. Ludwick had made plans to buy a sailboat in Puerto Rico and had even Googled phrases such as “how do fugitives escape.”

After the August 2015 crash, Southampton Town Police had said they found Mr. Ludwick standing next to his damaged Porsche convertible on Woodvale Street in Sag Harbor, about a quarter mile from the place where the accident occurred on Rolling Hill Court East. He was heading toward his Bridgehampton home, police said, and they traced trails of fluid and gouged pavement marks from the damaged car rims back to the accident scene, where Paul Hansen, a Sag Harbor father of two young boys, was found dead.

According to prosecutors, Mr. Ludwick’s blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent, more than double the legal limit, four hours after the accident occurred.

The lab is still testing items that were believed to be in Mr. Ludwick’s car during the August crash, according to Assistant District Attorney Ray Varuolo. Additionally, Mr. Keahon said he has not yet received the discovery package from the prosecution.

Though Mr. Ludwick was on last week’s court calendar, he did not appear and is still currently behind bars in the Suffolk County Jail. He also is being represented by Jonathan B. Manley, who is also a Hauppage-based criminal defense attorney, as well as his first counsel Daniel J. Ollen.

If Mr. Ludwick is convicted of the two most serious felony charges against him in his indictment—aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident—he could face up to 32 years in prison.

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Nice tan - where did you winter? Practicing sailing anywhere? Better hope your sailing is better than your unbelievably bad dwi driving - or you will end up in the drink.

If this guy gets away with this horrible crime of negligence - please slap him with a civil suit that breaks his bank forever in the wrongful death of a wonderful pillar of our community.

If matter had been reversed - bet you anything Hansen would have helped this poor excuse for a human being.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 28, 16 1:01 PM
Type first think later?

The photo is of the defendant's attorney.

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on Apr 28, 16 1:13 PM
Oh - perhaps it is because he looks even shadier than the defendant - however - Nero - I do stand corrected. Thank you for pointing out my error. What is the point of taking the attorney's photo I wonder? Further - there is no identifying caption...but you are right - my comment fired off half-cocked.

By the way - what tune are you actually fiddling?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 28, 16 2:09 PM
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If you click on the camera icon at the bottom right of the photo, labelled Photo Gallery, you will see captions for all the photos.

Patience . . . ?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 28, 16 3:18 PM
I believe this pond scum Ludwick is still rotting in a holding cell, waiting for trail. As you my recall, this winter he was busted in Puerto Rico by U S Marshalls who were tipped he was ready to flee bail and escape to Venezuela. He was already taking sailing lessons and was ready to hoist sails in a matter of days. They caught him just in time. The hero: the hotel Concierge who ratted him out because Ludwick seemed creepy and didn't tip when the Conceirge set him up with the lessons. So there ...more
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Apr 29, 16 2:15 PM
Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t. I think Ludwick is going to to this in jail for the longest time in jail. Very unique, I think this is what he got out of Wharton. He forgot every body in his family. He criticized everybody in his family as it were a competition.. he criticized the schools they went to, throwing fake airs here and there. His nanny use to sell passports to illegal ...more
By Baroness Von Wiltz (1), Coral Gables on May 18, 16 11:08 PM