Hauppauge - (WALK) The man responsible for a fatal car crash while fleeing a crime scene will spend up to 22 years in prison, according to prosecutors in Suffolk.
26 year old Cordel Tucker of Brooklyn had robbed a store at the Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead of approximately $5,000 worth of clothing in June of 2011.
Tucker was driving at speeds of greater than 100 miles per hour, fleeing from police on the Long Island Expressway, Route 112, and Sunrise Highway. "In Bohemia, on Sunrise Highway service road at the intersection with Lincoln Avenue, he ran a red light and broadsided Gail and Alan Sacher's car, fatally injuring Mrs. Sacher and critically injuring her husband," said Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota.
Mrs. Sacher, 62, of Holbrook, died of her injuries at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore two hours after the crash.
Tucker was convicted in May of second degree manslaughter, assault, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, reckless endangerment, and several traffic violations. He was sentenced Thursday to the maximum of seven and one-third, to 22 years in state prison.