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High driver hit 3 vehicles in wrong-way crash, Suffolk cops say

Kevin Demartino, 42, of Shirley, was charged in

Kevin Demartino, 42, of Shirley, was charged in a multivehicle collision caused when he drove the wrong way on Monday evening, Dec. 5, 2016, while high on drugs, Suffolk County police say. Demartino and the three other drivers were injured, one seriously, police said. Photo Credit: Bryan Lopez

A Shirley man was high on drugs when he drove the wrong way on the William Floyd Parkway on Monday, crashing into three other vehicles, injuring each driver, one seriously, Suffolk County police said.

Kevin Demartino, 42, of Sleepy Hollow Drive, also injured himself in the crash at about 6:30 p.m., just south of Flintlock Drive in Shirley, police said.

He is charged with first-degree operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is scheduled to be arraigned later, police said.

Demartino was driving a 2009 Toyota north in the southbound lanes when he hit a 2012 Volkswagen, a 2004 Ford and a 2013 Ford, all of which were traveling south, police said.

The driver of the 2013 Ford, Margaret Wimett, 51, of Mastic Beach, was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Volkswagen, Joyce Voellm, 63, of East Moriches, and the driver of the 2004 Ford, Norberto Garcia, 36, of Shirley, were also transported to Brookhaven Hospital where they were treated and released.

The parkway was closed for nearly six hours for a police investigation and reopened at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, police said.


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