Dad faces Leandra's Law charge in Greenlawn crash

Wilver Garcia-Lopez, 28, from Huntington Station, was charged Wilver Garcia-Lopez, 28, from Huntington Station, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, after he drove the family car onto a lawn and crashed into the front stoop of a home in Greenlawn, Suffolk County police said. (April 30, 2013) Photo Credit: SCPD

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A mother and father from Huntington Station are accused of endangering the welfare of their three children after a car crash that occurred moments after the family had left a baby shower, police said.

Wilver Garcia-Lopez, 28, of West 11th Street, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, as well as three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, after he crashed the family car into the front stoop of a house on South Lane in Greenlawn at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday, Suffolk police said.

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His wife, Dorita DeGarcia, 25, also was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police said she fled the accident scene with the children -- ages 2, 6 and 8 -- to the nearby house that had hosted the shower.

DeGarcia and the children were later treated for minor injuries at Huntington Hospital, police said.

Leandra's Law makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a child younger than 16 in the vehicle.

Garcia-Lopez and DeGarcia were to be arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip.

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Police could not immediately say if the children had been placed with relatives or in protective custody.

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