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Sean Ludwick case delayed until February

Court hearing over developer's role in fatal DWI crash adjourned again

November 24, 2015 12:20PM
By Mark Maurer

Benjamin Brafman Sean Ludwick

From left: Benjamin Brafman and Sean Ludwick

Sean Ludwick’s day in court has once again been pushed back. The developer, who is charged with DWI and leaving the scene of a car crash that killed Douglas Elliman broker Paul Hansen, will now appear in court in the middle of February.

Ludwick’s first court date was in early September, and a hearing held the following month was pushed back to this week. He is now slated to appear on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m, and remains out on bail. Benjamin Brafman, Ludwick’s lawyer, said there was no reason given for the adjournment.

In addition to this case, Ludwick, who runs BlackHouse Development and was part of the team that built the Hotel Americano in Chelsea, was hit with a wrongful death lawsuit last month from Hansen’s widow.

On Aug. 31, Ludwick crashed his Porsche into a utility pole near Hansen’s Sag Harbor home, partially ejecting the broker, according to police reports. The developer then fled in his car and was wobbling when police found him down the block, authorities said.

“We are obviously very much aware of the tragic consequences of this accident,” Brafman said in court last month. “We intend to address the issues responsibly. And on behalf of Mr. Ludwick, we extend sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Hansen.”

Kyna Doles contributed reporting.