A sport utility vehicle leaving a Deer Park gas station crashed into a snowbank Wednesday, hit a sedan as it careened across a major roadway and smashed into a nail salon, Suffolk police said.
Driver Michael Fusaro, 36, of Huntington Station, was arrested on drug-related charges after losing control of his GMC Envoy on Route 231 shortly after 3:15 p.m., police said.
As he left a Hess gas station on Route 231, near Grand Boulevard, he drove over a snowbank, crossed into the southbound lanes, went over a concrete curb median and struck a northbound Dodge Dart, police said.
The SUV then plunged into the UR Stylist Nail and Spa, which borders northbound traffic on Route 231, also known as Deer Park Avenue, police said.
"The girls all ran out crying and calling 911," said Paul Wyhowanec, owner of Sign-A-Rama, two stores away from the salon.
People got the SUV driver a chair to sit on, he said, and the man appeared dazed: "At first, I thought he had a heart attack or a stroke. He didn't say a word."
At the scene, the Dodge could be seen in front of a barbershop, its driver-side door damaged and an air bag hanging out.
The Dodge driver, a young man, was "just so scared, saying 'Oh no, oh no,' " Wyhowanec recalled. "He was crying, screaming."
No one at the nail salon suffered serious injuries, but the business sustained substantial damage, police said. Tire marks could be seen on the nail salon's floor.
Sgt. Robert Kall, an officer in charge at the scene, said he at first thought the Dodge had done the damage, until his officers told him the "long story."
"I was shocked," Kall said. "Then they told me there were needles and paraphernalia in the car. Then you could put the story together. It made sense then.
"I was just shocked to see that amount of damage and that nobody was seriously injured."
Fusaro and the Dodge driver were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where they were treated for minor injuries, police said.
Fusaro was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a hypodermic instrument and reckless driving. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.CORRECTION: In a previous version of the story, Sgt. Robert Kall's last name was spelled incorrectly.