Ron Perelman’s former home worker pleads guilty to the deadly DWI crash in Montauk

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A housekeeper of billionaire investor Ron Perelman has been guilty of murder and manslaughter for nearly a year and a half after she was charged with killing a cyclist in a drunk car accident in the Hamptons.

Lisa Rooney, 32, filed her plea on the two felony charges in the Suffolk Supreme Court on Friday. She could face up to 25 years in prison when sentenced on June 18.

Rooney was driving her 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck through Montauk on the evening of October 30, 2019, when she met 28-year-old John James Usma-Quintero.

The then-30-year-old failed field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol levels were found to be more than double the legal driving limit. Police also discovered several bags of cocaine on the floor of her car.

Usma-Quintero, a father of two from Colombia who left duty on a 7-Eleven in Montauk when he was cut down, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead there.

Lisa Rooney, 32, pleaded guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter on Friday - almost a year and a half after she was charged with killing a cyclist in a drunk car accident in the Hamptons.  Pictured: Rooney is taken into custody hours after the October 2019 crash

Lisa Rooney, 32, pleaded guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter on Friday – almost a year and a half after she was charged with killing a cyclist in a drunk car accident in the Hamptons. Pictured: Rooney is taken into custody hours after the October 2019 crash

Rooney was driving her 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck through Montauk on the evening of October 30, 2019, when she met 28-year-old John James Usma-Quintero.  The truck crashed on the side of the road that night.

Rooney was driving her 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck through Montauk on the evening of October 30, 2019, when she met 28-year-old John James Usma-Quintero.  The truck crashed on the side of the road that night.

Rooney was driving her 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck through Montauk on the evening of October 30, 2019, when she met 28-year-old John James Usma-Quintero. The truck crashed on the side of the road that night.

John James Usma-Quintero, 28, (pictured) was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead after the crash

John James Usma-Quintero, 28, (pictured) was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead after the crash

Relatives said Usma-Quintero left his shift at 7-Eleven when he was hit

Relatives said Usma-Quintero left his shift at 7-Eleven when he was hit

John James Usma-Quintero (left and right) was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead after the crash. Relatives said he left his shift at 7-Eleven when he was hit

Rooney (pictured) failed the field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol level was found to be more than double the legal driving limit after the crash.  Police also discovered several bags of cocaine on the floor of her car

Rooney (pictured) failed the field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol level was found to be more than double the legal driving limit after the crash.  Police also discovered several bags of cocaine on the floor of her car

Rooney (pictured) failed the field sobriety tests and her blood alcohol level was found to be more than double the legal driving limit after the crash. Police also discovered several bags of cocaine on the floor of her car

Rooney initially told police that she had swung to avoid an oncoming car as she drove north on Flamingo Road on the night of the crash just after sunset.

“I don’t know what happened, I moved to avoid a car in the middle of the road and hit the guardrail … I didn’t see the bike, is it okay?” she told officers, according to court documents.

Officers saw a strong odor of alcohol in Rooney’s breath and reported that her speech was slurred.

She declined a blood alcohol test when she was returned to police headquarters. However, a test taken hours later in a hospital showed that her blood alcohol level was still more than twice the legal limit.

Black box data from Rooney’s truck later revealed that she had been traveling 137 miles per hour – more than double the 40-mile-per-hour speed limit on the road.

Rooney initially told police that she had swung to avoid an oncoming car as she drove north on Flamingo Road on the night of the crash, just after sunset.

Rooney initially told police that she had swung to avoid an oncoming car as she drove north on Flamingo Road on the night of the crash, just after sunset.

Rooney initially told police that she had swung to avoid an oncoming car as she drove north on Flamingo Road on the night of the crash, just after sunset.

Black box data from Rooney's truck later revealed that she had been traveling 85 miles per hour - more than double the 40-mile-per-hour speed limit on the road

Black box data from Rooney's truck later revealed that she had been traveling 85 miles per hour - more than double the 40-mile-per-hour speed limit on the road

Black box data from Rooney’s truck later revealed that she had been traveling 137 miles per hour – more than double the 40-mile-per-hour speed limit on the road

Rooney was originally charged with drunk driving the day after the crash in the East Town Justice Court.

She was released on $ 1,000 bail and ordered to undergo treatment in an alcohol and drug addiction program – despite the prosecutor’s recommendation to set bail at $ 50,000.

Judge Lisa Rana found the low bail, citing Rooney being a lifelong resident of Montauk and the owner of a local boutique called Girltauk.

Rooney was an employee at billionaire investor Ron Perelman's sprawling East Hampton estate.  A spokesperson for Perelman (pictured) said she was fired and banned from the estate after the crash

Rooney was an employee at billionaire investor Ron Perelman's sprawling East Hampton estate.  A spokesperson for Perelman (pictured) said she was fired and banned from the estate after the crash

Rooney was an employee at billionaire investor Ron Perelman’s sprawling East Hampton estate. A spokesperson for Perelman (pictured) said she was fired and banned from the estate after the crash

She was also an employee at billionaire investor Perelman’s sprawling East Hampton estate, although her specific job title was unclear there. A Perelman spokesperson said she was fired and banned from the estate after the crash.

Rooney’s case was suspended in December 2019 because she was in rehab and could not attend her hearing as planned – sparking outrage among 40 of Usma-Quintero’s family members who went to court for the hearing.

A grand jury ruled an eleven count indictment later that month and the case was moved to County Court in Central Islip.

The new judge to oversee the case, Judge Fernando Camacho, stepped down because he was friends with Rooney’s mother, New York City-based Judge Bruna L. DiBiase.

The case was then turned over to Mark Cohen, acting state Supreme Court judge, but was put on hold again when the coronavirus pandemic halted legal proceedings in the US.

Cohen retired late last year and the case was turned over to a fourth judge, Judge Richard Ambro, who oversaw Rooney’s plea last week.

In addition to the two felony charges of vehicle murder and manslaughter, Rooney also pleaded guilty to two felonies of felony DWI and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Rooney was originally charged with drunk driving the day after the crash in the East Town Justice Court

Rooney was originally charged with drunk driving the day after the crash in the East Town Justice Court

Rooney was released on $ 1,000 bail and had to undergo treatment in an alcohol and drug addiction program in November 2019

Rooney was released on $ 1,000 bail and had to undergo treatment in an alcohol and drug addiction program in November 2019

Rooney (left and right) was originally charged with drink-driving the day after the crash in the East Town Justice Court. She was released on $ 1,000 bail and ordered to undergo treatment in an alcohol and drug addiction program

Rooney has remained in rehab since she was first charged, according to the East Hampton Star

She is facing a sentence of at least eight years and four months and up to 25 years on her conviction before Judge Ambro this summer.

Usma-Quintero’s lovers did not seem to have responded publicly to Rooney’s guilty plea, after she attended many of her hearings and demanded justice for the father of two.

The 28-year-old had reportedly worked at the Montauk 7-Eleven for four months at the time of his death and sent money back to his two daughters living in Colombia.

He worked there for about four months, sending the money back to Colombia to support his two daughters, who were then 8 and 15 years old.

An improvised monument in honor of Usma-Quintero is depicted at the scene of the fatal crash

An improvised monument in honor of Usma-Quintero is depicted at the scene of the fatal crash

An improvised monument in honor of Usma-Quintero is depicted at the scene of the fatal crash

Ron Perelman's East Hampton estate where Rooney worked before the crash is shown above

Ron Perelman's East Hampton estate where Rooney worked before the crash is shown above

Ron Perelman’s East Hampton estate where Rooney worked before the crash is shown above