Cops: Driver on drugs had 15-year-old in van

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A 19-year-old from West Babylon, driving with four passengers in his minivan, including a 15-year-old, was arrested on charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs after he crashed into a utility pole not far from his home Thursday.

After the crash, at about 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Ninth Street and First Avenue in West Babylon, Suffolk County police said the driver, Cory Bennett, of 533 12th St., was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip -- where he was treated for "a possible drug overdose."

The four passengers in the 1999 Plymouth Voyager minivan -- two of them 20-year-old men, the other two males ages 19 and 15 -- were not injured in the crash, police said.

Bennett was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, driving while ability impaired by drugs and aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, which makes it a felony charge, even on first offense, to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol with a passenger younger than 16 in the vehicle.

The law is named for Leandra Rosado, an 11-year-old killed in a crash on the Henry Hudson Parkway on Oct. 11, 2009, when her friend's mother flipped the car they were in while under the influence of alcohol. Six other children were also injured.

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