A drunk driver slammed his truck into a limousine with seven passengers killing four passengers passengers. The incident occurred around 19th july, 6 pm Cutchogue on the North Fork of Long Island when seven bridesmaids in their mid-20s were coming back from a wine tasting event. Three of the women died on the spot and one died in Taconic Bay Hospital due to severe injuries. The three girls including the limo driver survived the incident but suffered from serious injuries.
The truck driver, Steven Romeo, 55, of Southold, New York was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The driver left the scene after the crash and was later caught by the police. The assistant district attorney of Suffolk County,Elizabeth Miller, refrained to comment on the incident.
“Right now, we’re continuing the investigation and looking into upgrading the charges significantly,” Ms. Miller said. Mr. Romeo pleaded not guilty.
The driver of the limousine, Carlos Pino, 58, of Bethpage, New York was also tested for intoxication. Carlos also suffered injuries from the accident and was not charged. The police reported that they have never witnessed such an accident where the limousine car was cut into half.
The other two women including the bride are also in critical condition in Taconic Bay Hospital.
Mr Romeo, the truck driver, pleaded not guilty, his bail is set for cash $500,000 and $1000,000 bond.
The four bridesmaids who died were identified as Brittney M. Schulman, 23, and Lauren Baruch, 24, of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park; and Amy R. Grabina, 23, of Commack. The authorities identified the other women as Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood; Melissa Angela Crai, 23, of Scarsdale; Alicia Arundel, 24, of Setauket; and Olga Lipets, 24, of Brooklyn.
Everyday almost 30 people die in motor vehicle accidents because of intoxication. It amounts to 1 death every 51 minutes. Approximately 7000 people died last year due to drunk driving.