A motorist from West Hempstead charged with drunken driving following a crash will likely face upgraded charges after one of the people in the other vehicle died, officials said Thursday.
Roy Gomez, 39, of Archer Road, had fled the scene of the Baldwin crash at 10:14 p.m. Tuesday but was later arrested while he slept in a boat in Freeport, Nassau County police said.
Gomez was driving a 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer on Grand Avenue when he rear-ended a Nissan sedan stopped at a traffic light at Milburn Avenue, police said.
A 21-year-old male passenger and a 65-year-old male passenger in the Nissan were seriously injured, police said.
The 21-year-old man died Wednesday night at Nassau University Medical Center, police said. Police on Thursday identified him as Jovanni Bien-Aime of Baldwin.
The female driver suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and another passenger later died of his injuries, police said.
Gomez drove away from the crash scene, then left his vehicle a few blocks away and fled on foot, police said. He was found sleeping in the boat on Woodcleft Avenue at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
He was arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead on charges of assault, vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, online court records show. Gomez was held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash.
“The investigation is ongoing and charges are likely to be upgraded at a future court appearance,” the Nassau County district attorney’s office said in a statement Thursday.
With Jesse Coburn