Cops: Teen driver in Southern State crash was high, racing
One of two teenage drivers in a street race was high on drugs when his car crashed into trees off the Southern State Parkway in North Babylon early Friday, seriously injuring two of his passengers, State Police said.
Khalique Owens, 18, of Brentwood, identified as the driver of the wrecked 2008 Honda Sol, and one of his passengers were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with various injuries, police said.
An unidentified woman, one of three passengers in Owens' car, had a fracture to a vertebra in her thoracic spine, police said. Another unidentified person, also a passenger, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with head injuries.
Both Owens and the other racing driver, Richard Serrano, 18, of Bay Shore, were charged with participating in an unauthorized speed contest and speed not reasonable, police said.
"All parties involved were on their way home from a party in Queens," police said in a news release.
Owens was racing eastbound near Exit 38 with Serrano's 2013 Hyundai Elantra about 2:20 a.m. when his car left the roadway and smashed into trees, police said, scattering debris to Sylvan Road, which runs parallel to the parkway.
Police responded to find the Honda Sol "demolished in the roadway."
The eastbound parkway was closed for slightly more than seven hours for an investigation.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
Owens also is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, and an unsafe lane change, police said.
Both drivers were scheduled to appear at First District Court in Central Islip. Police did not say when the drivers would be arraigned.
In the course of the investigation but unrelated to the crash itself, two other drivers were charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.
Adrian Resto, 34, of Bay Shore, and Dagoberto Carballo, 26, of Brentwood, were arrested after attempting to evade troopers' traffic control efforts at the scene, police said.
Resto, charged with a felony DWI, police said, was held for arraignment.
Carballo also was issued a uniform traffic ticket and is scheduled to appear at First District Court.