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Manhattan Lawyer Sentenced For Quogue Hit-And-Run

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Carol Moran   Feb 6, 2013 12:37 PM
Feb 6, 2013 12:53 PM

A Manhattan lawyer who pleaded guilty to felony charges after he hit and severely injured a bicyclist in Quogue Village while driving drunk in 2011 was sentenced to three to 10 years in jail last week, according to his attorney.

Tabber Benedict, 35, struck East Quogue resident Steve Dorn, 44, with his GMC Acadia on Montauk Highway on July 2, 2011, and then fled the scene, according to Quogue Village Police. Two other drivers who witnessed the accident surrounded Mr. Benedict’s SUV with their vehicles, forcing him to remain until police arrived.

In December, Mr. Benedict pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Criminal Court to two counts of vehicular assault in the second degree, vehicular assault while under the influence of alcohol, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with a serious injury, all felonies. He was also charged with two counts of DWI and one count of reckless driving, both misdemeanors, and several traffic infractions.

His blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Mr. Dorn, who underwent three operations following the accident, recently returned to work as a teacher in the William Floyd School District. The father of three, who was training for a triathlon at the time he was hit, has worked as a lifeguard in Hampton Bays for the past 11 years.

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