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Oct 16, 2017 12:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Victim's Family Members Speak Before Sean Ludwick's Sentencing Of Three To Nine Years For 2015 Fatal Accident In Sag Harbor

The family of Paul Hansen at Wednesday's sentencing.
Nov 27, 2017 11:14 AM

UPDATE: Wednesday, 3:15 p.m.

Justice Fernando Camacho allowed members of the Hansen family to say a few words before sentencing Sean Ludwick to three to nine years in a state prison.

Bob Hansen, Paul Hansen’s older brother, spoke first and told Mr. Ludwick if his brother was around today, his most important role would be as a father to his two sons, Austin and Hunter, who were in the courtroom.

But he was taken too soon, Mr. Hansen told Mr. Ludwick.

“The circumstances of his death were far from ordinary,” Mr. Hansen said. “Paul was a passenger in your car.”

Mr. Hansen told Mr. Ludwick that most of his brother’s friends did not know the man who left his “so called friend” on the side of the road to die in Sag Harbor on August 30, 2015. Mr. Hansen later found out that Mr. Ludwick’s son was at a sleepover at Austin’s house at the time of the accident.

The younger Mr. Hansen’s wife, Catherine Hansen, also spoke to Mr. Ludwick, saying that when the police came to pick up his son, Austin and Hunter shook hands with the young man and wished him well.

Ms. Hansen said her sons have several strong men to help guide them through life and she only hopes that Mr. Ludwick’s son has the same. She then told Mr. Ludwick that his actions were cowardly and selfish.

Susan Hansen Morrissey, Mr. Hansen’s twin sister, cleared the record from what was reported by news outlets that said her brother and Mr. Ludwick were friends. Instead, she said, Mr. Ludwick was not her brother’s “buddy, nor friend, nor pal.”

“You’re a coward,” she told Mr. Ludwick. “You don't have a compassionate bone in your body.”

Ms. Hansen Morrissey then addressed Mr. Ludwick’s attempt to run from the situation he caused, conducting internet searches for how to live as a fugitive in another country.

“Your lawyer stated you are not a flight risk. That’s a lie,” she said. “You were seeking asylum outside of the United States.”

Before asking Justice Camacho for a longer sentence of between five and 15 years, Assistant District Attorney Ray Varuolo told the justice that the Hansen family is strong.

After listening to the statements, Mr. Ludwick spoke to the family and said he takes full responsibility for Mr. Hansen’s death.

“The circumstance was very shocking,” he said. “I will try to better myself.

“I’m very, very sorry,” he added, before offering his “humblest apology.”

Justice Camacho told Mr. Ludwick he hoped he was sincere, noting the outpouring of letters from the family were heartbreaking.

“What a great man Paul Hansen was,” Justice Camacho said. “There will never be such an outpouring for Sean Ludwick.”

Although Justice Camacho said he would have liked to be able to sentence Mr. Ludwick to life for the crime he committed, he was bound by the law. “It was a crime for you to be a coward and a hard human being,” he told Mr. Ludwick.

Ms. Hansen Morrissey told Mr. Ludwick that when he gets out, he should choose to live somewhere other than Sag Harbor. The older Mr. Hansen told Mr. Ludwick that he hopes he changes.

“I’m an optimist, and I hope during incarceration, you’ll find a way to be a better human being,” he said.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 1 p.m.

Mr. Ludwick was sentenced on Wednesday to three to nine years in state prison on the vehicular homicide charge, one to three years on the leaving the scene of a fatal accident charge and one year on the aggravated DWI charge, as expected under the terms of his plea deal. The sentences will be served concurrently.


Sean Ludwick, a part-time Bridgehampton resident who pleaded guilty in August to crashing his car while drunk and leaving his passenger, Sag Harbor resident Paul Hansen, to die on the side of the road nearly two years ago, will be sentenced in court on Wednesday.

Mr. Ludwick, 45, pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal in which he is expected to serve a total of between three and nine years in a state prison.

A prominent real estate developer in Manhattan at the time of the accident on August 30, 2015, Mr. Ludwick pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, both felonies, as well as aggravated DWI, a misdemeanor.

Under the deal, he will serve three to nine years on the first count, one to three years on the second count, and one year on the third count. The three sentences will run concurrently, according to Justice Fernando Camacho.

In court, Mr. Ludwick admitted to driving his vehicle with a blood-alcohol content level of 0.18 percent, driving recklessly and causing the death of Mr. Hansen. He then admitted to driving away from the scene.

By pleading guilty, Mr. Ludwick waived his right to appeal.

When the criminal case concludes, he also is expected to face a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Mr. Hansen. Calls to Bob Hansen, the brother of the victim, seeking the status of the civil case were not immediately returned.

Mr. Ludwick is expected to be sentenced by Justice Camacho in State Supreme Court in Central Islip on October 18.

Court documents show that after the crash, police 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, not far from Mr. Hansen’s residence, 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 Mr. Hansen—a friend of Mr. Ludwick—was found dead.

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Let's see what sort of sand the Honorable Justice Fernando Camacho has -- will he sentence Ludwick to the max?

By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Oct 16, 17 1:10 PM
Well, we know Camacho routinely gives shorter sentences to illegals explicitly to "avoid the automatic notification of immigration authorities".

By NateNewtown (99), east on Oct 16, 17 1:47 PM
Totally irrelevant to this matter.
By Brigette (11), Amagansett on Oct 16, 17 2:49 PM
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By MoronEliminator (214), Montauk on Oct 19, 17 10:04 AM
He was NOT heading to his house but in the opposite direction-He was attempting to flee and hide his car in a pathetic attempt to cover the fact he disgarded the man he killed and sought no help for-discarded feet from his home
By hansencgh (2), Sag Harbor on Oct 16, 17 4:21 PM
let's just hope he does the max 9 and the family gets all his assets
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Oct 16, 17 5:09 PM
he has no assets.
By Summer Resident (244), Southampton N.Y. on Oct 16, 17 8:50 PM
Concurrent sentences. Yeah. What’s the sense?!
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Oct 16, 17 9:41 PM
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It sounds like the judge promised 3-9 years. What makes you think he's going to sentence him to the maximum?
By HB90 (163), southampton on Oct 16, 17 11:25 PM
You need to pay better attention -- there was no "promise" of anything. The 3-9 years are what the sentencing guidelines call for for the charges he pleaded guilty to, and I don't see anyone here suggesting he actually WILL do the max.

His lawyer looks like the same one who got Linda Kabot off her DWI charge, so there's that plus NateNewtown's comment about the Honorable Justice Fernando Camacho's apparent Liberal judicial activism, so we shall see soon enough.

By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Oct 17, 17 7:26 AM
Deal is done already. Why do you think he pled??? DA's hate going to court...
By knitter (1846), Southampton on Oct 17, 17 7:48 AM
3-9 means out in 18 mos with good behavior and a slap on the wrist.
By even flow (937), East Hampton on Oct 18, 17 1:36 PM
Now it's on him -- he's headed to the slams for three-to-nine. How soon he gets out depends on how he comports himself while he's there.

Note that it's not the Riverhead jail, or the County farm in Yaphank, but prison upstate somewhere. Think about it.

By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Oct 18, 17 2:45 PM
How does that change the veracity of my post?
By even flow (937), East Hampton on Oct 18, 17 5:33 PM
It's your dismissive assumption that's flawed.

Ludwick's 3-9 years, out in 18 months is by no mean assured as you posit.

By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Oct 18, 17 8:04 PM
There is no jail in Riverhead. You mean Riverside, Town of Southampton.
By MoronEliminator (214), Montauk on Oct 19, 17 2:49 PM
You're absolutely right! I can see the jail from my side porch when the leaves are off the trees.

By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Oct 20, 17 1:17 AM
You do more time for grand larceny 2-C than what this scumbag will do. When are the judges going to learn that their joke sentences just keep drunk driving going strong? Truly PATHETIC. Camacho should be ASHAMED and removed
By G (338), Southampton on Oct 18, 17 4:28 PM
killed a father of two young boys and t his is what he gets?!?! needs a sentence of 25 years not 3-9 Now he has no assets!?! But could buy a major boat in PR several months ago!?! as he was fleeing the charges.. dirt bag now and forever Hope he has a "GOOD BUDDY" in jail. take the wind out of his sail!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Oct 18, 17 7:03 PM
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this plea bargaining is happening all over the country. when will these people be responsible? Prisons are over crowded I get that but really these criminals walk all the time. sick of it!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Oct 18, 17 7:06 PM
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Ludlicker has no assets?????????? Are you sure about that? Do not drink and drive or be a passenger when the driver is drunk
(rule number 1 to live a long and successful life).. If anyone interested I will give rules 3 thru 10 .
By P. Revere (145), hampton Bays on Oct 18, 17 8:21 PM
When you put it that way, I'm way more interested in #2
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7575), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 18, 17 9:34 PM
I bet anything that he has no assets. None of these real estate guys have anything. All other peoples money - debt - ect....

Yes, I'm interested in 3-10
By Summer Resident (244), Southampton N.Y. on Oct 19, 17 1:39 PM
HBgrown: Rule #2: Persistence. Most important personal quality for success.
By P. Revere (145), hampton Bays on Oct 18, 17 9:48 PM
3-9 years is not a lot for taking a life. Think about it. Robin Williams killed himself 3 years ago and it seems like yesterday. Same thing with everything, time flies. What about the guy who put the choke hold on the corrections officer at the Public House. He's out too. Someone can think, gee I hate that guy/girl, why don't I just kill them? Get out and go about your life.
By lirider (284), Hampton Bays on Oct 18, 17 10:59 PM
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I met him on a job site once before he got in the mess he made.
I remember the Spanish guys working for him on a property were so smitten with him and his flashy cash.

When my Spanish friend had me doing the rounds inspecting jobs as one of the stops I met this young Guy as he was gopher / step and fetch for this convicted euro trash.
As for the euro trash that has migrated to the east end like locust this guy was a true bottom feeder I warned to the gopher kid my feelings of ...more
By Eastport123 (2), Southampton on Oct 29, 17 9:32 PM
R ember they count the time he has been in as time served.
This guy had plenty of time to hide assets.
This is just a ripple in the pond just like the idiot in Eastport that hit and ran the poor strebble girl and her friend when he hit them driving drunk
ms strebble died of her injuries. The other victim was seriously hurt.
All as a result of putting the two putting some gas in a SUV that might of ran out.

Enough is enough thes dwi people are the terrorist organization ...more
By Eastport123 (2), Southampton on Oct 29, 17 9:56 PM
i hope the father taught his kids to choose their friends wisely and to never get in a car with a coked our blind drunk
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 30, 17 3:42 AM
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