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Drunken driver struck woman leaving Babylon church, cops say

A Babylon man was charged with drunken driving after he injured three people Saturday night, including a woman whom he struck with his pickup truck as she was leaving church, Suffolk County police said.

Police said Anthony Parrinello, 27, was driving a 2005 Ford F-250 southbound on North Carll Avenue in front of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Babylon about 6:25 p.m. when his vehicle struck a parked 2011 Nissan Pathfinder and continued onto the church walkway. The pickup struck a woman who was among a large number of people leaving the church after having attended Mass, police said.

The vehicle continued southbound, police said, striking and knocking down a statue before coming to a stop in front of St. Joseph’s Nursery School.

Police identified the woman who was struck as Nancy Ruff, 76, of West Babylon, and said she was transported by Babylon Rescue Squad ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of serious injuries.

Occupants of the parked Nissan — Michael Pepe, 40, and Harper Pepe, 3, both of Babylon — also were transported by Babylon Rescue Squad ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Police said Parrinello, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was held overnight at the First Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment Sunday in First District Court in Central Islip.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check.

Police said the investigation is continuing and detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash, including cellphone video, to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.

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