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UPDATE: College Dean Held on $500K Cash Bail, Faces Felony Charges After Fatal Crash

Robert Beodeker was found to have methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood at the time of the double fatal accident, police said.

An Aquebogue man will face upgraded charges after an accident that killed two in Nassau County, police said.

Robert Beodeker, 50, surrendered to state police investigators and was arrested and charged Friday with aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony, two counts of vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, a felony, two counts of criminally negligent homicide, a felony, and driving while ability impaired, a misdemeanor, New York State Police said.

The charges, police said, stem from a March 4 accident in which Beodeker was found to have methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood at the time of a double fatal accident.

According to a Newday report, Beodeker pleaded not guilty; Nassau District Court Judge David McAndrews set bail at $1 million bond or $500,000 cash bail. Beodeker is due back in court March 19 and, if convicted of the top charge against him, faces up to 25 years in prison, Newsday said.

The accident occurred on the Meadowbrook State Parkway southbound at the interchange with the Southern State Parkway, police said.

According to police, Beodeker was driving a GMC pick-up southbound, near the Southern State Parkway, when he struck a disabled Nissan Maxima which had become disabled and stopped on the white hazard markings.

Beodeker, police said, failed to merge and instead drove onto the hazardous markings, striking the disabled vehicle as well as both victims.

Both John Elder, 76, of Freeport, and Edward Ross, 65, of North Bellmore, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Consent for a blood sample was given and a sample was taken, police said.

After the accident occurred, it was revealed that Beodeker had a suspended New York State drivers' license.

Beodeker was initially arrested at the time for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and reckless driving, both misdemeanors, police said; a medical examiner's toxicology report revealed impairment due to drugs.

The vehicular crimes unit of the Nassau County District Attorney's office directed the upgraded charges due to the on going investigation and toxicology results.  

 Meanwhile, police are investigating anonymous threats of violence left on Beodeker's office phone of after the double fatal accident.

On Tuesday, Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said authorities are investigating an anonymous message left on the office phone of Robert Beodeker, who was charged last week after the fatal accident.

The message was left on Beodeker's phone at Suffolk County Community College, where he is the Campus Associate Dean for Student Services at Suffolk County Community College's eastern campus, and reported by his administrative staff.

"The anonymous message does not directly threaten the dean, but was left by a male caller who makes reference to the dean's family and his wishes to see them harmed," Costa said.

Threats of violence were made against Beodeker's family, including his wife and children, Costa said, but not Beodeker specifically.

"To date, the dean has not been available for follow up," Costa said.

He was also president of the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck, but resigned after the accident.

Beodeker was not immediately available for comment. A request for comment by Suffolk County Community College was not immediately returned.

David Fitzgerald March 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Okay where are all of you opinionated people that came out of the woodwork when Joe Johnson got arrested?
G March 16, 2013 at 09:43 AM
I don't know Joe Johnson, but this guy is a complete idiot. Wow what an awesome example to set for the college kids.
MARK TUTHILL March 16, 2013 at 02:19 PM
OK...TIME TO FACE THE MUSIC. SOME PEOPLE JUST BELEIVE THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW BECAUSE OF THEIR STATURE. WELL, THIS WILL BRING HIM DOWN A FEW PEGS...AND FAST. MY CONDOLENCES TO THE OTHER FAMILIES
MARK TUTHILL March 16, 2013 at 02:26 PM
AND TO ANSWER DAVID'S QUESTION. JOE JOHNSON IS FACING HIS MUSIC TOO, IM SURE HIS TEACHING DAY'S ARE OVER, BUT HE DIDN'T TAKE THE LIVES OF TWO INNOCENT MEN. LET'S KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE. OK ?
Ken March 17, 2013 at 09:50 AM
your comment leads one to believe that you know Mr. Boedecker personally and have insight to his thoughts and feelings that he's above the law. Is that, in fact, the case or are you just venting at his expense? Better to have expressed condolences and left it at that.
NS March 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM
What difference does the man's personality make? Two men are dead, their families destroyed, his own life ruined, and his children devastated... If he is likeable, we forgive, if our perception is negative, we condemn. This makes our own human nature faulty. Let's not all rejoice over the total misery of others. May they all find peace.
MARK TUTHILL March 17, 2013 at 01:34 PM
LISTEN...ALL YOU BOEDECKER SUPPORTERS...YOU MAY TAP DANCE ALL AROUND IF YOU WISH, BUT FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS IS A GROWN MAN, WHO DURING BROAD DAY LIGHT SMASHED HIS VEHICAL INTO A PARKED CAR WITH IT'S HAZZARD LIGHTS FLASHING TAKING THE LIVES OF TWO PEOPLE. I'M SORRY, BUT I CAN'T SEEM TO FIND THE REMORSE YOUR LOOKING FOR WHEN A MAN WITH APPARENTLY HIS EDUCATION GETS BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A CAR (WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE I MAY ADD) WHILE ABUSING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. WAKE UP... BUT YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING...EVERYBODY LOSES.
Lisa March 17, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Good god, I cannot believe people actually are trying to remain neutral on this issue. This man killed two innocent people, who also had families of their own, while he was driving under the influence of methamphetamine. Personality, thoughts, and feelings, is that a joke? From a young age we're taught not to even drink and drive, because it will only lead to terrible things. This man, of high prestige, couldn't even handle that. Would it have changed your empathetic opinion if he had killed two students, instead of two elderly men? If we had more people out there, like those who believe that Boedecker's life isn't worth judging, then our country would have gone down the drain. When you try make everyone equal based on "human nature", it creates a blind eye towards the justice system. Thankfully, Boedecker will be punished through full extent of the law.
NS March 17, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Lisa, I never said it is not a tragedy. In fact, it is a terrible situation all the way around. All I see after one of these articles is the taste for blood. In my humble opinion, all are human, with human frailties, and the killer of these people is a sick individual with many hidden problems. This is what we have laws for, and not public executions in the square. We, as a society must get over our need to chew to bits each other and hold court over cyber-space. It serves NO ONE to show more anger than the next guy. What do you actually accomplish by going for red meat? Of course the man did wrong, really wrong, and of course the LAW will take care of it.. but what is the point of the big outrage over this venue? What is the point of attacking me, who has a different approach in life than you? Have you thought of actually doing anything to help people rather than being outraged after each episode on the news? Energies put to better use when your hair is not on fire. Understand that this kind of thing happens EVERY DAY.. you would be so exhausted screaming after each one, not to mention if anyone dared to approach life in a different way than you. I don't know the man, I don't know you, but I know enough of the world to know it's OK to wish peace for ALL human beings. And no, nothing I said was a joke, human beings ARE equal.. It was established by Good God....
David Fitzgerald March 17, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Thats the point I was making.
MARK TUTHILL March 17, 2013 at 09:23 PM
I THINK WE ALL GOT ENOUGH MILEAGE OUT OF BOEDECKER...NEXT.
Harley P Abrams March 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM
I hope and pray this man and many others face their addictions and denials.

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