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Aug 9, 2011 3:31 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Quogue Couple Fears That Twice-Convicted DWI Driver Won't Face Jail Time

Aug 10, 2011 10:45 AM

“It’s very hard not to be able to pick up your son,” said Ms. Soyka, who also suffered a large bruise on her knee—the same one that was operated on in 1997. “I wanted to be close to him. He knew Mommy had bandages and bruises.”

Pictures taken from the accident scene, captured by Mr. Gluck’s cellphone camera, show a trail of blood leading from his damaged BMW out onto the street. The blood, Ms. Soyka said, belongs to her.

“I have another surgery this year, but it has not been scheduled,” she said, adding that she has had at least four operations since the accident.

Though they are now trying to move on with their lives, and still visit their East Quogue home almost every weekend with their young son and dog in tow, Mr. Gluck and Ms. Soyka said they are still haunted by the events of that night and remain hopeful that the person responsible will finally serve jail time.

“The ordeal has changed the way we look at our lives,” Mr. Gluck said. “I think you look at every moment as being more precious, and our lives as being more fragile. It makes you want to do whatever you can to prevent that from happening to other people.”

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Sounds like Ms. DePersia should have become a teacher in the ESM school district...then she would have been able to get at least 4 DWI's before it became a problem.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Aug 9, 11 6:06 PM
This women should of been put behind bars a long time ago, or should we wait for another victim? Ms Depersia should be punished to the fullest extent the law allows.
By BlueStreak (34), East End on Aug 9, 11 7:48 PM
It sounds like this drunk driver has friends in high places ! Thank God the injuries weren't more serious, but this plea bargaining for a felony conviction is B.S !
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Aug 9, 11 8:07 PM
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Whether Ms. DePersia should spend time in jail is a matter for the criminal court.

However, "those damages not recoverable through no-fault insurance. . ." as stated in the article are - - - long-term medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and anything else that the victims' lawyers can think of. That is to say, everything that everyone injured in an automobile accident normally sues for.

The juries in the civil cases will consider the judges ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 9, 11 11:07 PM
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REALLY?! How many times has "ms.depersia" driven drunk, and not gotten into an accident, or one that could be traced to her.
By just breath (82), yuck on Aug 10, 11 8:40 AM
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By typical (63), southampton on Aug 10, 11 9:25 AM
Have you ever noticed that it's not the drunks who are injured in these accidents? The laws need to be changed. One DWI should yield one year in jail and a $100,000 fine. Your second - 2 years & $200,000, etc. I can
guarantee no one will be drinking & driving if that were the case.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Aug 10, 11 9:55 AM
So true about the financial threat. However, DWIs are big business, too...courts, lawyers, etc. but no revenue can replace maimed or killed motorists by drunk drivers!
By beachgirl70 (7), Southampton on Aug 14, 11 12:31 AM
I thought that getting caught driving drunk three times meant mandatory jail time. Why is this woman being allowed to walk away just because she's getting counseling? Of course she getting counseling, but it doesn't prove she's stopped drinking and driving. I know someone who also got it after being caught twice, but she's drinking again. It's a matter of time before both get picked up again - God help us.
Aug 10, 11 11:31 AM appended by goldenrod
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Aug 10, 11 11:31 AM
I would never condone drinking and driving. And thank God this isn't more awful than it could have been.
Let the courts handle it. Not the press.
I don't see how a judge could possibly let this get by with such a minimal sentence after reading this article. Which leads me to believe that there is more to this story.

By ADAMSG (53), EAST QUOGUE on Aug 10, 11 12:55 PM
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the press and star will not handle this incident as they should knowing that Gary DePersia and Corcoran put many, many thousand dollars of ads every week (you have no doubt seen his very wide smile with obviously capped and bleached teeth) and what paper would like to lose that ?!? three strikes you are out and thank God no one else was taken out. time for the courts to stop being easy on multiple offenders. just because no one was killed (thank God) who knows how many were saved because she ...more
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 11, 11 6:03 PM
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with the amount of advertising Gary DePersia does with the press and star who thinks this will get attention????
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 11, 11 8:44 PM
might as well do all the judging you want right here. There is NO justice in the court system. Today marks 2 yrs ago that my (15 yr old) son was killed by a drunk driver (repeat offender) here in Hampton Bays. What did she get? 6 months! Suffolk County DA's office sucks. They'll plead her out too. What the hell, no one was killed, maybe she'll get time served. They all belong behind bars, even the DA's and judges.
By my2goldens (12), Hampton Bays on Aug 13, 11 6:05 PM
Don't worry she completed her cocktail college, and paid her $700 fine she's cured. What a joke as far as I'm concerned she shot a couple rounds into someone's car and luckily just injured them. Put her away for 6 monthe and lets see how she likes it. Makes me sick!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 15, 11 8:05 PM