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.
A motorist believed to be driving while intoxicated lost control of his vehicle early Saturday morning, striking four men on a sidewalk in the central Las Vegas Valley, police said.
Two men remained in critical condition and one in serious condition on Saturday afternoon, Las Vegas police said. The other suffered minor injuries.
Uziel Reyes-Perez, 35, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and transported to the Clark County Detention Center.
According to police reports, Reyes-Perez was driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla north at 11:46 a.m. on Veterans Memorial Drive just south of Sycamore Lane when witnesses said he lost control of the car and slammed into the four men who had been walking on a sidewalk.
Injured were Anthony Coca, 58 and Gary Taylor, 53, both of whom remained in critical condition; Brian Kopperman, 48, whose condition was listed as serious, and Martin Lomas, 55, who suffered minor injuries.
Troopers say a Greenville woman was killed after a drunk driver crashed into her vehicle Saturday night.
According to troopers 57-year-old Phyllis Hardy was killed after 26-year-old Sidney Barrett of Farmville crossed left to center on Highway 121 and hit Hardy’s vehicle head on. It happened near Kittrell Hill Road about 2 miles outside of Farmville.
Three other people in Barrett’s vehicle were transported to the hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time. Hardy was the only one in her vehicle.
Barrett has been charged with felony death by a motor vehicle, DWI, and driving while license revoked.
According to records Barrett has prior convictions of driving while license revoked.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after a wreck killed a truck driver and shut down Interstate 44 near Six Flags on Thursday.
Sgt. Al Nothum said the suspect was driving in the westbound lanes of I-44 when hit a guardrail, spun out and stopped about a mile west of Six Flags in Eureka.
Authorities said a box truck and semi-truck swerved to avoid the disabled vehicle.
When the semi truck swerved, it clipped the back end of the passenger car and overturned in the middle of the interstate.
The driver of the truck was killed. His name has been released as Joshua W. Sanders, a resident of Rolla, MO. He was 34 years old. He drove for Conway Trucking.
Police arrived on the scene shortly after the crash and started diverting traffic off the interstate at the Six Flags exit. Emergency crews responded a short time later to attend to injured victims.
Authorities interviewed the driver of the car, St. Louis resident Matthew Snyders, 44, at the scene. He was later taken to an area hospital to be treated for moderate injuries. DWI charges against him were pending, according to authorities.
A man has been charged in a traffic crash in east Houston that killed another driver, officials said.
Juan Pedro Garcia has been charged with driving with intoxicated with a child under 15 after a crash Saturday at 6700 Lyons, near Lathrop and the East Freeway.
Garciawas eastbound on Lyons about 8:10 p.m. when he struck an oncoming gray Toyota Corolla driven by 60-year-old Mary Helen Aranda, Houston police said.
Aranda and a 4-year-old passenger were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where Aranda later died.
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Timothy Seidel, the man accused in the death this summer of a Millville Police officer, is now facing two new charges.
Seidel, 23, pleaded not guilty in July to the most serious charge of Aggravated Manslaughter. Prosecutors today charged him with Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving.
Seidel is accused of killing Officer Christopher Reeves in a car crash on July 8, 2012.
Police say Seidel was driving the Toyota Scion that hit Reeves’ cruiser. The crash happened while Reeves and his partner were pursuing Seidel because he’d hit another cop car.
Ofc. Reeves died from his injuries and his partner was seriously hurt.
According to Platte County records, Savannah Head Football coach Chad Smith was charged with Driving While Intoxicated on August 4th, 2012. The charge is a class B Misdemeanor. According to court records, Smith was arrested by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department and detained in the Platte County jail. Records indicate that a surety bond was posted for Smith’s release from jail by Perry Bonding on that same day. Smith was also charged with the misdemeanor of “failure to drive within a single lane on a roadway having 3 or more lanes.”
Smith appeared in court on September 19th, 2012. Smith was represented by attorney Steve Schanker of Kansas City. Through his attorney, Smith pled not guilty to the charges and requested a continuance. Judge Dennis Eckold granted the continuance until November 07, 2012.
The incident was kept quiet during the first few weeks of the season. Last week word began circulating through the community and by Thursday some students had made vague references about the incident on social media. On Friday a meeting of the football players was called by high school administrators and it is reported that Smith has been suspended from his duties as Head Coach and will not coach in the Benton game this evening.
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