A Long Beach man pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other charges for a March 2022 motorcycle crash that killed a pedestrian in Rockville Centre.
On March 19, 2022, at approximately 11:53 p.m., Scott Brower was crossing Merrick Road at South Forest Avenue in a crosswalk when he was struck by Christopher Flores, 29, who was driving a 2020 BMW motorcycle eastbound on Merrick Road at a high rate of speed while intoxicated and high. Flores was thrown from the motorcycle, which crashed into another vehicle before finally coming to a stop.
Brower was transported to Nassau University Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 1:40 a.m. Flores also suffered significant physical injuries and was transported to Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside for treatment. Blood taken from the defendant at the hospital showed a BAC of .17% and evidence of cannabis use.
He was arrested by members of the Nassau County Police Department on March 20, 2022.
On January 30, 2024, Flores pleaded guilty before Judge Caryn Fink to second-degree manslaughter and first-degree vehicular manslaughter (both Class C felonies); second-degree assault (a Class D violent felony); DWAI by the combined influence of alcohol and drugs as a felony and DWI (both Class E felonies). He is expected to be sentenced to five to 12 years in prison when he is next in court on April 17, 2024.
“Christopher Flores was more than two times the legal limit for alcohol and high on marijuana when he slammed into Scott Brower as he crossed Merrick Road,” said DA Donnelly. “Scott was walking home after meeting a friend at a local restaurant to watch the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament and have a few drinks. Scott chose not to drive, and despite making the responsible choice, still tragically lost his life to drunk driving. Pedestrians should not have to fear being mowed down by an impaired driver on our streets. NCDA will continue to vigorously prosecute individuals who flout our laws and endanger our residents.”