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Driver in Wrong-Way Rocky Point Crash Charged With DWI

A man from Rocky Point was charged with drunk driving and causing an accident while driving the wrong way. The incident occurred on the evening of Tuesday, March 15.

Suffolk Police reported they responded to a 911 call that came at approximately 8:40 p.m. regarding a vehicle heading west in the eastbound lanes of Route 25A in East Shoreham. Police say a man was driving his 2006 Jeep SUV the wrong direction and hit a 2020 Subaru heading east.

According to the report, the man ultimately fled the scene and continued driving in the wrong direction for another quarter mile, striking another vehicle, a 2013 Chrysler, near North County Road in Rocky Point.

The 25-year-old driver of the Subaru was not injured in the accident. The 43-year-old driver of the Chrysler was transported to John T. Mather Hospital for medical treatment. The injuries were described as “non-life-threatening.”

The 49-year-old driver of the Jeep was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Wrong-way accidents are particularly dangerous

Wrong-way accidents are inherently dangerous because they tend to result in head-on collisions, which have a substantially higher rate of severe injury and fatality than other types of crashes. They can occur when a vehicle goes over a highway divider or might simply be a result of a driver swerving into oncoming traffic.

When they occur on divided highways, the most common causes are drunk driving or poor signage indicating whether a ramp is an entrance or exit.

Drunk drivers face criminal penalties in addition to civil lawsuits when they cause road injuries. For more information about how to proceed with an accident claim if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.