Sep 22, 2022
EXCLUSIVE: Hamptons hit-and-run driver, 20, could FINALLY get chucked in jail for 90 days for mowing down 18-year-old in deadly crash that saw him fly 6ft into the air and lose his shoes
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The Hamptons hit-and-run driver who mowed down an 18-year-old man could finally be chucked in jail in the coming weeks, the victim's lawyer has told DailyMail.com.
Daniel Campbell, 20, could get 90 days in prison for striking and killing Devesh 'Devu' Samtani in Amagansett on August 10, 2021, attorney Benjamin Brafman said.
He told how the devastated family were hopeful the sentence will be brought down on the defendant next month.
It comes less than a month after DailyMail.com revealed Campbell had a string of previous driving offences before mowing down Samtani.
They included speeding tickets days before the fatal crash, a head-on collision and even having his license stripped from him.
Samtani had been walking along Old Stone Highway with his cousin Kabir Kurani, 18, and their friends trying to get service to get an Uber back home.
But he was hit by Campbell - driving a Honda Pilot packed with nine passengers - so hard he flew 6ft into the air, with his shoes flying off his feet.
Campbell allegedly then drove off and left the economics student to die on the highway surrounded by his friends.
Daniel Campbell appeared dismal as he walked with his father (pictured right) outside of the Arthur M. Cromarty Criminal Court Complex in Riverhead. Campbell struck and killed Samtani in the fatal hit-and-run and fled the scene. Samtani had been walking along Old Stone Highway in Amagansett with his cousin, Kabir Kurani, 18 and some other teens on August 10, 2021 when the devastating incident took place
Mala and Kishore Samtani stand outside the courthouse after they learn of the court's decision. Mala holds a framed photo of her son that she always carries with her. The parents are hoping to get justice for their beloved son who was killed in the fatal hit-and-run. Samtani was supposed to start NYU in the Fall of 2021 before the tragedy occurred
The tragic accident happened on Old Stone Highway near where the road curves at Eastwood Court, according to the accident report. The driver identified as Daniel Campbell, 20, plowed into Devu and kept on driving. His 2012 Honda Pilot was packed with 9 passengers
Brafman told DailyMail.com outside Suffolk County Criminal Court on Thursday that the court was considering 90 days jail time.
'We are pleased that the court gave very serious consideration to our position,' he said.
'We are indeed hopeful that the court said he is inclined to change the promise on the sentence from community service to 90 days in jail assuming Mr. Campbell agrees to accept that sentence.'
He said if he does not accept the sentence and doesn't agree then under the law he is able to take his plea back.
Judge Richard Ambro planned to sentence Campbell to just six months community services and five years probation in lieu of jail time.
The judge's promise was contingent on Campbell steering clear of the law and showing up at the sentencing, despite admitting felony causing death.
Devu's parents, Mala and Kishore Samtani, were shocked and devastated by the judge's decision that Campbell would get no jail time.
Campbell arriving at the Suffolk County Courthouse on Thursday morning, which was the original date of his sentencing that had been postponed due to a computer glitch in Suffolk County that prevented the judge from getting the completed probation report. The new date is scheduled for October 25 .Campbell is pictured here walking with his parents and his attorney, Edward Burke, Jr. (pictured in the front)
Daniel Campbell looking glum as he left the Suffolk County Courthouse in Riverhead after Thursday's court appearance. He was accompanied by his mother and father (pictured walking alongside him) and his lawyer Edward Burke, Jr. who was partially concealed in photo
Devu's parents have been heartbroken since their youngest son Devesh 'Devu' Samtani was killed last summer. The soft-spoken Kishore said: We are not revengeful people. We just want closure'
Brafman said he believes the judge's change of heart was based on Campbell's prior driving record after they had sent him new information.
He told DailyMail.com he had sent a written submission to the judge which included Campbell's driving record.
He said: 'We explained to the judge that if he proceeds with the sentence of community service the family does not believe that that it is really justice.
'We also explained that it is probably not possible for him to have been driving at 20-25 miles per hour as he told the police who interviewed him because the impact was substantial.'
Brafman said 'witnesses say Devu flew more than six feet in the air and landed without his shoes.
'The force of the impact was just not possible for him to have been driving 20-25 miles per hour,' he said.RELATED ARTICLES
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'The crime here is leaving the scene of the accident. The crime is he ran away and should have stopped. He should have remained on the scene,' Brafman said.
Campbell's prior driving record includes a head-on crash last year - months before he killed Samtani - and more recently a speeding violation weeks before the fatal crash.
'It doesn't appear that that was factored into the equation,' Brafman said, explaining 'we were very surprised when they learned about his Campbell's driving history'.
'This kid at age 17 already ignored the driving rules that apply to all of us that was apparent from driving transcripts from the Motor Vehicle Bureau.'
Campbell had a court hearing scheduled on Thursday but a computer wide problem in Suffolk County all week shut all the computers down postponing the hearing.
'This is very unusual he was supposed to have been sentenced today but he is not going to be sentenced because the probation officer could not finish her report because of the computer break down in Suffolk County,' Brafman said.
'As a result the judge does not have an updated probation report and the preliminary report did not include anything from the family because they were not notified because of the failure of the lawyer who got the victim impact statement.'
'I think what is important from our perspective is the court is inclined to change the offer to Mr. Campbell from five years probation and six months of community service to five years probation with 90 days of jail and 90 days of community service.'
High-profile attorney Benjamin Brafman and Kishore Samtani walk outside the courthouse before the closed door meeting with Judge Richard Ambro on Thursday. Mala and Kishore are pictured behind Brafman as he speaks to the media after the Thursday court meeting
Devu (far left) was all about family. He is pictured here with his parents, two brothers, and sister-in-law
Samtani's parents have now hired star lawyer Benjamin Brafman to try and get Campbell thrown into jail
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Karl Rove: Texas Abortion Ban is Extremist and Will Create a Real Problem for Republicans in the Legislature Next Year
Karl Rove described Texas’ abortion ban as a liability for the party at the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival (“TribFest”) Saturday, calling it “extremist” and predicting it would create trouble for the Republicans in the state legislature in the upcoming 2023 session.
Rove, the former Deputy Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, was on a TribFest panel with Robert Gibbs, the White House Press Secretary for President Barack Obama, moderated by Tribune CEO and co-founder Evan Smith.
The current law in Texas bans abortions without exception for rape and incest, a “trigger law” that was passed during the 2021 session. According to a report by the Tribune’s Patrick Svitek, the strict nature of the bill has the support of “very few voters,” and “the law has complicated an election cycle that has been trending in Republicans’ favor on other issues.”
Smith asked Rove about the Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade earlier this year, and brought up Kansas, where voters had rejected a ballot measure that would have removed language from the state constitution that protected abortion rights. (Smith also pondered out loud whether the repeal of Roe had been a factor in Sarah Palin losing her congressional race: “I don’t know if we can say that Sarah Palin lost in Alaska because of abortion; she may have lost because of Sarah Palin.”)
The Kansas referendum was “an extremist measure on abortion,” said Rove.
“Define ‘extremist,'” said Smith.
“Essentially, no abortion, no exceptions,” said Rove.
“So, you mean the Texas bill?” asked Smith.
“Exactly, right,” said Rove.
“Do you think Texas is too extremist?” asked Smith.
“Yeah, I do,” Rove replied. “I think it’s gonna create a real problem for Republicans in the Legislature next year when they have to deal with it.”
The Texas Legislature meets every other year, in odd-numbered years, and the next one will begin Jan. 10, 2023. Speaker of the Texas House Dale Phelan was on a TribFest panel Friday and talked about revisiting the abortion ban. Another long-serving From the Tribune’s Sneha Dey:
In a wide-ranging discussion with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Phelan said the House might revise the law that criminalizes abortion. Phelan said he has heard from House members who are concerned the law has no exceptions for rape or incest.
Physicians have also told Phelan the ban has complicated medical care for ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages, he said. Treatments for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies are still legal under the state’s abortion ban, but confusion has led some providers to delay or deny care for patients in Texas. Phelan said he was unclear about how the House would vote on adding exceptions to the abortion ban.
Texas State Sen. Robert Nichols also voiced support for allowing exceptions for rape.
The full panel with Rove and Gibbs can be viewed below, or a short clip of just the abortion comment is above.
Watch the videos above, via Texas Tribune. Follow Mediaite’s coverage of TribFest here.
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