NY driver charged with murder; crash killed grad

By BY FRANK ELTMAN | July 18, 2012 | 1:36 PM EDT

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who prosecutors say was drunk when he drove 100 mph and ran two red lights before crashing into a car driven by a recent high school graduate has been charged with her murder.

Long Island resident Michael Grasing pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the death of 18-year-old Brittney Walsh.

Walsh died June 24, two days after her graduation from Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School.

Prosecutors say Grasing's blood-alcohol reading was nearly four times the legal limit. Prosecutors say he didn't step on the brakes before the crash and only stopped when he struck a pole.

It's uncommon for a fatal crash to result in a murder charge.

Grasing's bail was set at $1 million cash. His attorney declined to comment.