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Bronx man charged in Calverton crash that injured 9, police say

Joshua A. Burns was booked on three counts of endangering the welfare of a child on Aug. 7, when he turned his Jeep from Route 25 into the Splish Splash water park in front of an oncoming Dodge, police said.

Riverhead Town police shut down traffic on roads

Riverhead Town police shut down traffic on roads near Splish Splash Water Park in Calverton after a two-car crash Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

A man who drove from the Bronx to Calverton with seven people in his Jeep was arrested Wednesday on charges he caused the crash that ejected two children from his vehicle earlier this month in Calverton, Riverhead police said.

Bronx resident Joshua A. Burns surrendered and was booked on three counts of endangering the welfare of a child on Aug. 7, when he turned from Route 25 into the Splish Splash water park in front of an oncoming Dodge, police said.

Nine people were injured in the crash, and a girl, 11, and boy, 6, were ejected from the Jeep's rear cargo area, which had no seats or seat belts, police said. As the Jeep spun, one front tire ran over the girl, the most seriously injured with broken ribs and lung punctures, police said. Also, a 10-month-old boy was sitting on the lap of an adult at the time of the accident, but he was not hurt, officials said.

Everyone in the Jeep and the Dodge driver were taken to the hospital, police said. The girl and boy who were ejected are recovering from injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Burns is scheduled to appear in court in September.

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