Passenger Critically Injured in Long Island Wrong-Way Accident
Local police have charged a man from Wyandanch with driving while intoxicated and traveling the wrong way on the road after he allegedly crashed his vehicle and critically injured his passenger. The man was reportedly driving without a license at the time of the crash.
According to law enforcement officials, the 26-year-old man was heading south in the northbound lanes of Straight Path in West Babylon early on Saturday, December 15. He was driving his 2012 Honda when he collided with a Mercedes-Benz at approximately 2 a.m.
The 36-year-old passenger in the vehicle had to be taken to Good Samaritan Medical Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. Both drivers were also hospitalized with minor injuries.
Wrong-way crashes can lead to serious injuries
Wrong-way accidents come with a high risk of serious injuries, as they often occur at high speeds and tend to result in head-on collisions. The force created by two vehicles slamming into one another, coming from opposite directions at high speeds, is immense. The results can be serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.
Drivers are responsible for following all rules of the road, including making sure they are traveling on the right side of the road. There is a high correlation of wrong-way collisions with impaired driving.
Those convicted of DWIs face serious consequences, especially when they cause an accident resulting in injury or death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving crash, consult a trusted auto accident lawyer with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.