Cops: Serious injury in DWI crash on Ocean Pkwy.

New York state police investigators probe single car

New York state police investigators probe single car crash on eastbound Ocean Parkway, just east of Tobay Beach in Wantagh. (June 12, 2013) (Credit: James Carbone)

A College Point woman faces drunken driving charges after she crashed her car early Wednesday on the Ocean Parkway between Tobay Beach and Gilgo Beach, injuring herself and seriously injuring a passenger, State Police said.

Kala Mancini, 20, was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated after being treated for minor injuries at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, police said.

Additional charges are pending, according to a news release.


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Mancini was driving a 2006 Chrysler Sebring eastbound at about 4:01 a.m. when she lost control and struck a sand embankment on the south shoulder, police said.

The vehicle had four passengers, in addition to Mancini, police said, and one -- a woman in the backseat -- was ejected. She was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with head and body injuries, police said.

A police spokesman later Wednesday had no update on the passenger's condition.

Police initially characterized the crash as "a rollover accident" but later said it was unclear if the vehicle ever rolled over completely when it left the road.

The parkway was closed for several hours as police investigated the crash just east of the Nassau-Suffolk border; it reopened to traffic at about 9:45 a.m.

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