Suffolk Co., NY – Driver Arrested for DWI After Fatal Crash in Manorville |

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Manorville man for driving while intoxicated after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash that killed his passenger this morning.

William Christie was driving a 2002 Jeep when he apparently lost control of the vehicle as he exited eastbound Sunrise Highway at Exit 59 in Manorville at 3:26 a.m. The vehicle overturned and the passenger, Michael Demartino, 59, of Manorville, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Suffolk County Vehicular Crime Unit detectives arrested and charged Christie, 69, of Manorville, with Driving While Intoxicated. Christie was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

via Driver Arrested for DWI After Fatal Crash in Manorville |

Dover, NJ – Man charged with aggravated manslaughter after fatal crash –

A 26-year-old Dover man has been arrested and charged with first degree aggravated manslaughter, second degree death by auto and with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Colonel Joseph (Rick) Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, and Rockaway Township Police Chief Walt Ardin, Jr. said in a joint statement Monday that Edward G. Koloski was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 23.

At approximately 11:59 p.m., on the night of Sunday, Feb. 23, multiple emergency calls were made to report a motor vehicle hit and run in the area of the ShopRite shopping center on Route 46 in Rockaway Township.

Responding police units located a male with apparent injuries consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle, police said.

The male was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time, police said.

Shortly thereafter, troopers with the New Jersey State Police responded to the area of Route 80 Eastbound regarding the report of a disabled vehicle. The troopers made contact with the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The vehicle had extensive front-end damage.  The Troopers detected the odor of alcoholic beverages on the person, and also observed that the person was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, according to police.

The occupant was removed from his vehicle and placed under arrest.

After an investigation, the defendant, Edward Koloski, was charged by way of warrant-complaint with aggravated manslaughter, a crime of the first degree, death by auto, a crime of the second degree and knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, a crime of the second degree.

Superior Court Judge James M. DeMarzo set bail in the amount of $350,000 cash, bond or property, with additional conditions set by the court.

via Dover man charged with aggravated manslaughter – New Jersey Hills Media Group: The Citizen News.

Clermont Co., Ohio – Suspected drunk driver in court for killing bicycle rider |

The man suspected of hitting and killing a popular teacher, while driving drunk, appeared in a Clermont County courtroom Monday.

Todd Shaw faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of the crime for Friday’s fatal accident on Round Bottom Road in Union Township. Fredrick Carey was riding his bike when he was killed. Investigators tracked Shaw down at a bar.

Prosecutors said this is Shaw’s seventh OVI. His most recent conviction was in 2008. Prosecutors say he also has a previous hit and run accident from 2004. Because of his record, prosecutors asked for a high bond, and got it. “Given Mr. Shaw’s background and the circumstances of this case, I think $500,000 is appropriate. $500,000 cash or professional, no driving, no consumption of alcohol,” said Magistrate Robert Lamb.

Carey was a beloved teacher at Cincinnati Country Day. He also graduated from the school. The school released a statement reading “the Country Day Community is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Fred Carey. Fred was a ‘lifer’ at Country Day, graduating in 1980, and had been on the CCDS faculty since 1998.

via Suspected drunk driver in court for killing bicycle rider – Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati – Top Stories.

Livingston Co., Mich. – One Dead, Accused Drunk Driver Released |

A 49-year-old Fenton man jailed in connection with a fatal crash Friday was released Monday from the Livingston County Jail.

Prosecutor William Vailliencourt confirmed that his office ordered the man’s release, pending additional investigation and police reports into the rear-end crash that left a 31-year-old Mount Morris man dead.

Sheriff Bob Bezotte said the victim, Leroy Leon Batson, had stopped his 1997 Plymouth Breeze in the right lane of southbound U.S. 23, south of White Lake Road, when his vehicle, which was in park, was rear-ended by a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup about 11:50 p.m. Friday.

Batson died at the scene. A medical examiner concluded Saturday that Batson died of blunt-force trauma due to the crash, the sheriff said. Toxicology reports will take at least six weeks, he noted.

The driver of the pickup, identified by police as the 49-year-old Fenton man, was arrested and lodged at the jail on suspicion of drunken driving.

Bezotte said a preliminary breath test indicated the pickup driver’s blood-alcohol content was 0.16, which is two times the legal limit.


Pittsburgh – 12-year-old dead; father charged with DUI |

A Wilkinsburg man was charged today with drunken driving in connection with a crash Sunday night that killed his 12-year-old daughter in Stanton Heights.

Richard Benton, 53, is in the Allegheny County Jail on a single charge of misdemeanor driving under the influence.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office identified the girl as Shamera Harris of East Liberty, who Pittsburgh police said was coming back from her first date Sunday night.

Her mother told police the girl was climbing out of an SUV in a driveway in Stanton Heights when it began to roll backward. She was dragged until the SUV hit a tree in a neighboring yard, Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint.

She died at the scene.

Mr. Benton and Shamera’s mother, Carla Harris, were driving Shamera and her friend back from the Waterworks Mall to drop the friend off at his home in the 200 block of Schenley Manor Drive around 8:30 p.m., police wrote.

Mr. Benton was “messing around with the gearshifter” before he got out of the vehicle to take a picture of the children, Ms. Harris told police.

Shamera was trying to get out of a Ford Explorer when it started to roll backward. Ms. Harris told police she tried to stop the vehicle, but was unable to. She then tried to revive Shamera with CPR.

A responding officer told investigators Mr. Benton smelled of alcohol, and had “slurred speech and glassy, watery eyes” at the scene, police wrote.

Mr. Benton refused to take field sobriety and breathalyzer tests, instead demanding to speak with an attorney, according to police. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital for treatment of injuries from the accident, then Allegheny County Jail for processing.

via 12-year-old dies after being struck by SUV in Stanton Heights – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Columbia, S.C. – Wrong-way driver charged with DUI in fatal crash|

A man was charged with felony DUI after he caused a wrong-way fatal crash on Interstate 20 Sunday morning, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins said Jessie Samuels was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes when he collided with another driver near mile marker 68 around 5:45 a.m.

The victim, 41-year-old Donald Jerome Ford, of Columbia, was transported to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital where he died, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said.

Samuels and a passenger were transported to Palmetto Health Richland. Their conditions are not known.

via Wrong-way driver involved in fatal crash – – Columbia, South Carolina |.

Rockford, Ill. – 21 Year Old Passenger Dies in Drunk Driving Crash |

A 21 year old loses his life this morning after the car he was driving in slammed into a tree. Police say the driver is now in jail. He was driving drunk and high and also speeding at the time of the crash.

Rockford police say 21 year old Derrick Ellis was in the back seat of the car. The car was completely mangled from the accident. According to officials, Ellis died on impact after the car hit a tree in the 500 block of Summit in Rockford around 2 A.M. this morning. The other passenger who was in the front of the car is in serious condition, but officers say his condition is not life threatening. The driver was 20 year old Martel Ford. He now faces a number of charges. Those charges include driving under the influence of drugs, aggravated DUI involving death and underage drinking.

via 21 Year Old Passenger Dies in Drunk Driving Accident.