DA: Two charges to be dropped against driver in Ocean Parkway head-on
Two of the four charges will be dropped against a driver in a head-on crash Tuesday night on Ocean Parkway after State Police changed their theory on what happened, authorities said.
Police said Friday that the car of the seriously injured driver, Yuk Sung, 62, of Oak Beach, was eastbound on Ocean when it veered across the center median and into the westbound lane, striking a GMC Yukon driven by Cody Becker, 19, of Merrick. The crash occurred about 8:15 p.m. just east of the Jones Beach Tower, police said.
Initially, State Police said Becker had veered across the parkway and hit Sung but changed their account after its collision reconstruction unit further analyzed the crash on Wednesday.
Investigators found that both vehicles swerved to avoid colliding, wound up in the center median and hit each other head-on, state police said.
State Police did not say what new evidence was uncovered.
The investigation continues, but for now, two of the initial charges against Becker -- first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree vehicular assault -- will be dropped at his next court appearance on Wednesday, said Shams Tarek, spokesman for the Nassau district attorney's office. The other two charges, driving while impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana, will remain, he said.
A man who answered the phone at Becker's home and identified himself as the father said he expects the remaining charges to be "resolved and dropped as well."
He declined to give his name but said his son's arrest has been "devastating" and blamed police: "It was a rush to judgment, and it was dark."
Becker has posted bail. The DA's office on Wednesday will recommend to the judge that he be released on his own recognizance, Tarek said.
Sung was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where he was in the intensive care unit in critical condition Friday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Becker and his passenger had been treated and released from NUMC.
Any witnesses may contact State Police at 631-756-3300.
With Gary Dymski