Man pleads guilty in hit-and-run accident that killed college student last summer

A 20-year-old Montauk man pleaded guilty Friday in a hit-and-run accident that killed an 18-year-old college-bound student last summer, but apparently won’t go to jail under of a plea agreement.

Daniel Campbell has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in the death of Devesh Samtani and under the plea deal he would receive six months in prison, but that can be replaced with service of interest general, according to Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Richard Ambro.

Campbell would also be put on probation for five years. Ambro set a sentence for September 22 and outlined the details of the settlement in court on Friday.

Samtani’s family, including his parents who traveled from Hong Kong for the hearing, have expressed disbelief that Campbell will likely end up serving no jail time.

Samtani’s mother, Mala Samtani, stood outside the courthouse on Friday, clutching a picture of her deceased son.

“We want our son back,” she said. “Please explain why I can’t get my son back and the boy who killed my son can get away with community service and probation. It is not fair. It’s not justice.

His father, Kishore Samtani, called the deal a “bad example” because the judge sends a message that people involved in hit-and-run fatalities can avoid going to jail.

Campbell’s attorney, Edward Burke Jr., said Campbell was extremely remorseful and would address the court at sentencing in September.

Samtani was killed after being hit by a vehicle Campbell was driving in Amagansett last summer.

In the weeks leading up to the start of his freshman year at New York University, Samtani had spent the summer in the Hamptons with 13 family members in a rental in Sagaponack.

On the night of the accident, August 10, he was part of a large crowd leaving a party in Amagansett. The police had dispersed the party and ordered everyone to disperse. He was hit on the road, allegedly by Campbell, who was about to drop people off at that same party, authorities said.

A 20-year-old Montauk man pleaded guilty Friday in a hit-and-run accident that killed an 18-year-old college-bound student last summer, but apparently won’t go to jail under of a plea agreement.

Daniel Campbell has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in the death of Devesh Samtani and under the plea deal he would receive six months in prison, but that can be replaced with service of interest general, according to Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Richard Ambro.

Campbell would also be put on probation for five years. Ambro set a sentence for September 22 and outlined the details of the settlement in court on Friday.

Samtani’s family, including his parents who traveled from Hong Kong for the hearing, have expressed disbelief that Campbell will likely end up serving no jail time.

Samtani’s mother, Mala Samtani, stood outside the courthouse on Friday, clutching a picture of her deceased son.

“We want our son back,” she said. “Please explain why I can’t get my son back and the boy who killed my son can get away with community service and probation. It is not fair. It’s not justice.

His father, Kishore Samtani, called the deal a “bad example” because the judge sends a message that people involved in hit-and-run fatalities can avoid going to jail.

Campbell’s attorney, Edward Burke Jr., said Campbell was extremely remorseful and would address the court at sentencing in September.

Samtani was killed after being hit by a vehicle Campbell was driving in Amagansett last summer.

In the weeks leading up to the start of his freshman year at New York University, Samtani had spent the summer in the Hamptons with 13 family members in a rental in Sagaponack.

On the night of the accident, August 10, he was part of a large crowd leaving a party in Amagansett. The police had dispersed the party and ordered everyone to disperse. He was hit on the road, allegedly by Campbell, who was about to drop people off at that same party, authorities said.

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