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Driver Charged with DWI After Injuring 2 in Shirley Accident

A 31-year-old Bayshore man was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) after injuring two people in a recent accident in Shirley.

According to Suffolk County police, the man was drunk behind the wheel at approximately 9:25 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, when he veered off a highway, and then struck a motorcycle and another vehicle while attempting to get back onto the road. He fled the scene of the accident, but was arrested just a block away after he crashed into a parked vehicle that was unoccupied.

A 54-year-old female passenger on the motorcycle suffered serious (but not life-threatening) injuries, and the motorcycle’s 58-year-old male operator suffered minor injuries. The four people inside the other vehicle, a 2017 Honda CR-V, were not injured.

The man was charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. He was held on bail of $45,000 bond or $25,000 cash, neither of which were posted.

Leaving the scene only makes matters worse

Motorists who leave the scene of an accident they caused only increase the penalties they will face, especially when the accident already involved drunkenness and injuries to others. Meanwhile, those who are injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver can see their potential compensation increased when the person responsible attempts to flee the scene to escape justice.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, speak with a trusted auto accident attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP to learn more about your legal options.