A 29-year-old woman was killed and four people were hurt when a drunk driver traveling the wrong way on the Staten Island Expressway crashed into another car early Monday, officials said.
Raffaella Russo, of Stamford, Conn., was killed when a 2007 Toyota traveling east in the westbound lanes of the expressway near South Avenue slammed into the car she was riding in about 2 a.m., the NYPD said.
Russo, a passenger in a 2012 Toyota, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Jared Reifschneider, 27, a Staten Island resident, who was driving the 2007 Toyota, was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide, DWI and reckless driving, police said.
via Woman Killed by Drunk Driver in Staten Island Crash, Police Say – DNAinfo.com New York.
A Great Neck man has been accused of drunken driving after the NYPD said he fatally struck a pedestrian on the Long Island Expressway in Queens over the weekend.
Jordan Savvides, 22, of Jericho, was walking along the LIE near Little Neck Parkway when he was hit by a westbound vehicle at 4:24 a.m. Saturday, police said.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 69-year-old Christian Ludlow, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter.
Arraignment information for Ludlow was not immediately available.
via Great Neck Man Charged With Fatal DWI on LIE | Long Island Press.
Suffolk County Police say a Brentwood man was driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the time of a Saturday morning crash that resulted in the death of one of his passengers. Police have charged 31-year-old Luis Flores with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree. Cops said Larita Thorpe, 42, of Central Islip, was killed in the crash. Three others in the car were sent to hospitals and treated for non-life threatening injuries. According to police, Flores will be arraigned on Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip. http://hauppauge.patch.com/articles/fatal-car-accident-closes-holiday-park-drive
Shenendehowa School officials confirm that 17 year old Deanna Rivers and 17 year old Chris Stewart, both seniors, were killed in a car crash on 87N Saturday night. Two others, a Shen junior and a Shaker High student, are being treated for injuries they sustained in the accident.
According to State Police, the two car crash happened around 10:20pm Saturday between the Twin Bridges and Exit 8 Northbound. Police say 22 year old Dennis Drue was changing lanes when he ran into the back of the car driven by Stewart, causing both cars to go off the road. A breath test given at the scene suggested there was alcohol in Drue’s system. Official blood work is pending
Grief counselors were available throughout the day Sunday at High School East. School administrators say they will continue to monitor student reaction throughout the coming weeks.
Police say Drue could face criminal charges, including vehicular manslaughter.
via WNYT.com – Two Shen High students killed in Northway crash.
One man was airlifted to the hospital after an alleged drunk driver ran a stop sign and crashed into his car.
Traci L. Briskin, 38, of Clifton Park Center Road in Clifton Park was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, after the accident.
Sheriff’s Deputies say Briskin failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 67 and Jockey Street in Charlton and struck a car being driven by Thomas R. Baker, 49, of Paisley Road in Ballston Spa at about 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The accident remains under investigation, but Baker was airlifted to Albany Medical Center with internal injuries. An updated condition was not immediately available.
via Man airlifted to Albany Medical Center after accident with allegedly drunk driver – saratogian.com.
A two-vehicle crash in Irving has claimed the life of a 7-month-old infant Tuesday morning. The crash happened along Route 20 on the Cattaraugus Indian territory just after 9:00 a.m. According to police, an SUV headed westbound on Southwestern Boulevard crossed over the center line and struck the car carrying the infant, splitting the vehicle in two. 7-month-old Baylee M. Dion was pronounced dead at Lake Shore Hospital and her mother, 31-year-old Denise Hine was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC with serious injuries. She is expected to be okay. The driver of the SUV, 24-year-old Danielle Kellogg of Brant, was treated and released. She has been charged with DWI and 2nd degree Vehicular Manslaughter.
On Saturday at approximately 6:45 p.m. the Cuba Police Department responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident on North Shore Road in the Town of Cuba.
A vehicle being operated by William E. Felicetti, 46, of Niagara Falls struck a second vehicle head on. Two people were transported to Olean General Hospital and treated then released.
The third person was flown to ECMC where she later died from her wounds.
Felicetti was charged with Failure to Yield at a Yield Sign and DWI. Additional charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.
via Woman killed after accident in Cuba, driver charged with DWI – Wellsville, NY – Wellsville Daily Reporter.
A limo driver has been charged with drunk driving after he allegedly backed into one of his passengers and dragged him down the street in a freak accident in Crown Heights last night. The victim, identified by police as 53-year-old Viktor Avadyayev, was pronounced DOA at Kings County Hospital, and according to DNAinfo’s sources his brother-in-law was the driver.
Avadyayev was getting out of the limo at Kings Highway and Bedford Avenue with two unidentified women just before 7 p.m. The driver, Yan Krainert, was assisting them, but the limo hadn’t been put into park, and it started rolling backward. According to witnesses, Krainert jumped back inside the limo in order to stop it, but instead of hitting the brakes, he hit the gas. At that moment, Avadyayev was behind the vehicle and was pinned between the limo and a parked car.
The Daily News reports that the limo, “still moving in reverse, then dragged Avadyayev along four parked cars, popping the side mirrors off a Jeep and two compact cars while the two women watched in horror.” Krainert was taken into custody at the scene and this morning the NYPD announced that he’s been charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide, and DWI.
via Limo Driver Charged With DWI After Allegedly Backing Into And Killing Brother-In-Law: Gothamist.
A man is facing manslaughter and DWI charges after hitting a man during a police chase through several cities and towns. Pablo Cruz of Schenectady was speeding down Central Avenue in Colonie when a sheriff’s deputy spotted him. Cruz sped away to Albany, where he hit a bicyclist who got pinned to the ladder rack of the truck. Cruz continued to drive away until his car engine died in Rotterdam and he was taken away by the police. Police say they’ve never dealt with anything like this. “We don’t want to get engaged in a high speed chase, but due to the nature of having a human being hanging from the vehicle, we felt it was necessary to pursue the vehicle,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said. Cruz was also on parole. He was released from prison earlier this month. The victim has not yet been identified
Police have charged a City of Newburgh man with felony DWI following a car accident Friday morning in which a female passenger was killed. City Police said a Mobile Life Support Services ambulance came upon an overturned BMW on Robinson Avenue at 3:15 a.m. A man was removing a woman from the car. She was transported to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital where she died. Police Det. Lt. Daniel Cameron identified her as Carolyn Rivera, 43, of New Windsor. The driver, Luis Herrera, 46, was charged with felony DWI and faces possible other charges. He was remanded to the Orange County Jail.
A motorcyclist who is accused of driving drunk and killing two people was arraigned in his hospital bed at Erie County Medical Center. David Smith, 53, was charged with DWI and Criminally Negligent Homicide for the Sunday afternoon crash, which claimed the lives of two women and injured a man. It happened at the bike path entrance on Tonawanda Creek Road between Campbell Boulevard and Hopkins Road. Two women were killed when Smith’s motorcycle struck them. Jocelyn Elberson, 25, and Sheila Pelton, 81. Pelton’s husband, 79-year-old Foster Pelton, was seriously injured. All three were among dozens of others who were enjoying the unseasonably warm weather with an afternoon walk along the bike path. Foster Pelton is hospitalized at ECMC with two fractured legs, broken rips, broken shoulder and collapsed lung, according to his family.
A New York bus driver has been arrested following a crash on Long Island. Suffolk County police say it happened at about 10:15 a.m. Monday during a school field trip to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Police say he attempted to park the bus and backed into a tree limb. There were 29 seventh graders and their teacher from Plainedge Middle School aboard. A 12-year-old girl was taken to Huntington Hospital with minor injuries. James Sommer of Massapequa was charged with driving while ability impaired. Additional charges may be filed. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. The name of his attorney was not immediately available. The school bus was impounded.
A Nassau County Police officer was struck and killed by a car on the Long Island Expressway early Thursday morning, authorities said. Nassau police said late Thursday that a 25-year-old Long Island man was intoxicated when he set off the chain of accidents that led to the officer’s death. Police charged the suspect, James Ryan of Oakdale, with vehicular manslaughter, DWI, reckless driving and other crimes. He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning. Officer Joseph P. Olivieri, 43 years old, was assisting Mr. Ryan, who had just been involved in two separate accidents, at about 5 a.m. when a 2002 Cadillac Escalade struck him, police said. Mr. Olivieri was transported to Nassau University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.
State police say a state Supreme Court justice is facing a DWI charge following a traffic stop in suburban Albany. Troopers say Justice Carl J. Landicino of Yorktown Heights was stopped about 4 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate-87 in the town of Colonie after he was spotted driving aggressively. Police say Landicino failed field sobriety testing and refused to submit to a chemical test to determine his blood alcohol content. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and traffic infractions, arraigned in the village of Menands and released with a scheduled court return Oct. 29. A call to Landicino, a justice in Brooklyn who was elected last year, was not initially returned Thursday.
One person is in jail following an accident early Sunday morning, resulting in serious injuries. According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year-old Dale J. Annis, of Steuben, was driving north on Soule Road in the Town of Floyd along with a front-seat passenger, 30-year-old Corey M. Graveline, and a backseat passenger, 26-year-old Michael P. Colangelo. Annis lost control of his vehicle, striking a utility pole on the side of the roadway, according to authorities. The vehicle overturned in the intersection of Boak Road. Sheriffs say that Annis was unharmed but Graveline was seriously injured. Graveline was extricated from the vehicle and sent to St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He is listed in critical condition with internal injuries, according to a hospital spokesperson Sunday afternoon. Colangelo was not injured. After investigation, authorities arrested Annis for DWI, assault, speed not reasonable, and failure to keep right.