Cops: Selden man arrested in wrong-way DWI crash

An two-car crash at about 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2014, on Nesconset Highway led to a DWI arrest after police said a driver from Selden was traveling east in the westbound lanes. The driver of the other car and her passenger were taken to a hospital with serious injuries, police said. (Credit: James Carbone)

A Selden man was arrested on Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated after he drove the wrong way on a Smithtown road and struck another vehicle, seriously injuring two people, Suffolk County police said.

Police said Pedro Hernandez, 24, was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry east in the westbound lanes of Route 347 in Smithtown about 5:30 a.m. when he crashed head-on into a 2006 Toyota Corolla.

The driver of the Corolla, Reyna Pena, 52, and her passenger, Lorenzo Rodriguez, 53, received serious injuries and were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.


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Hernandez also was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Hernandez, of 394 Dare Rd., was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said he will be arraigned at a later date.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to contact the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. Calls will be kept confidential.

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