Cops: Ex-high school girls basketball star drunk, high at time of crash

A car went over the guardrail and landed

A car went over the guardrail and landed in the woods off the northbound Meadowbrook Parkway at Exit M6 for the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick on Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A former Baldwin High School basketball star who led her team to victory in the 2011 Long Island Class AA Championship was drunk and high when she crashed her car on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in North Merrick, injuring a female passenger, State Police said Tuesday.

The passenger, 18, of Freeport, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow with serious head injuries after the Saturday accident, police said.

A State Police spokesman said Tuesday the victim was no longer in critical condition and was doing better.


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The driver, Keira Corbin, 20, of Wyandanch, is charged with vehicular assault, a felony; driving while her ability was impaired by a combined influence of drugs or alcohol; driving while intoxicated; operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license; possession of marijuana; and speeding.

Baldwin boys basketball head coach Darius Burton called the incident "unfortunate."

"She was a great kid in high school," Burton said. Girls varsity coach Tom Catapano, who in 2011 called Corbin "the best athlete on Long Island," did not return calls seeking comment.

Corbin went from a reserve player as a junior to averaging 12 points a game her senior season. She scored 15 points in the 2011 championship game against Deer Park. Corbin was named to the 2011 All Long Island girls basketball team.

She was arraigned Sunday and was held on bail of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond; she is due back at First District Court in Hempstead on Friday.

Police said Corbin was driving north on the Meadowbrook and entering the ramp to the eastbound Southern State Parkway about 5:20 a.m. when her car, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, veered off the road, struck the guide rail, rolled over and stopped in the woods.

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