Sean Ludwick to plead guilty in fatal crash

Developer allegedly left Elliman broker Paul Hansen to die

TRD New York /
Aug.August 10, 2017 05:30 PM

Developer Sean Ludwick agreed to plead guilty to killing his friend and Douglas Elliman broker Paul Hansen in a drunk driving accident in the Hamptons in 2015, along with other charges.

The conditions of the plea deal weren’t immediately clear, but prosecutor Raymond Varuolo told the East Hampton Star that Ludwick “is going upstate. He is going to be there a while.” Ludwick was indicted in late 2015 on seven felony charges, including aggravated vehicular homicide. He is facing up to 32 years in prison.

Prosecution and defense attorneys reached the deal after a 21-minute conference Tuesday. Ludwick is set to plead guilty on Aug. 15.

Prosecutors allege that Ludwick killed his friend, Douglas Elliman broker Paul Hansen, in a late-night car crash in August 2015 in the Hamptons, dragged his body out of the car wreck, dumped it by the side of the road and threw his personal belongings in the woods. Four hours after the crash, he had a blood alcohol level of .18 percent, according to prosecutors.

Ludwick was initially freed on $1 million bail, but was jailed in January 2016 after plotting to flee the country while on vacation in Puerto Rico. He reportedly told his sailing instructor about plans to move to South America, who promptly tipped off the authorities.

Ludwick became a household name after launching the development firm BlackHouse Development in 2007 with Saif Sumaida and Ashwin Verma.  The partners later fell out. [Easthampton Star]Konrad Putzier 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
HelloFresh’s NYC HQ (Courtesy of Industry City, HelloFresh by Eric Laignel)

HelloFresh inks Industry City deal for content studio

HelloFresh inks Industry City deal for content studio
A rendering of the Climate Solutions Center with Trust for Governors Island CEO Clare Newman and Mayor de Blasio (Rendering via WXY architecture + urban design/bloomimages; Governor's Island; Getty)

Going green: Governors Island could soon house climate center

Going green: Governors Island could soon house climate center
Nightingale’s Eli Schwartz and 111 Wall Street (Credit: Google Maps)

Nightingale, Wafra seek $860M to redevelop 111 Wall Street

Nightingale, Wafra seek $860M to redevelop 111 Wall Street
The Real Deal founder and publisher Amir Korangy and Massey Knakal founder Bob Knakal

JLL’s Bob Knakal on the future of New York

JLL’s Bob Knakal on the future of New York
Greystone Development CEO Thomas Ryan and an image of the project (Courtesy of James Hooker, Greystone)

Greystone eyes $40M-plus for Park Slope luxury apartments

Greystone eyes $40M-plus for Park Slope luxury apartments
(iStock)

Banks see CRE loans delinquencies hit 5-year high

Banks see CRE loans delinquencies hit 5-year high
Ed Adler and Wendy Silverstein (Getty)

Wendy Silverstein, Ed Adler launch loan restructuring biz

Wendy Silverstein, Ed Adler launch loan restructuring biz
Jamie Dimon and 383 Madison Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)

JPMorgan suffers setback in return to office

JPMorgan suffers setback in return to office
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...