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Mother killed, daughter seriously hurt in Wyandanch crash, Suffolk police say

First responders survey the scene of a fatal

First responders survey the scene of a fatal collision on Little East Neck Road in Wyandanch Friday. Credit: Paul Mazza

Suffolk County police arrested a West Babylon man and charged him in connection with a collision that killed a Wyandanch mother and seriously injured her 11-year-old daughter Friday afternoon.

Police said Franklyn Charles, 18, was driving a 2018 BMW headed north on Little East Neck Road when he struck a 2015 Hyundai Sonata that was turning left onto Lincoln Avenue in Wyandanch at 3:47 p.m.

Prior to the collision, police said, an officer observed Charles weaving in and out of traffic and driving into oncoming traffic.

The driver of the Hyundai, Jennifer Figueroa, 30, and her daughter Anahi Sanchez were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where Figueroa was pronounced dead. Her daughter was treated for serious injuries, police said.

Charles and a 14-year-old passenger also were taken by ambulance to be examined after the crash. The 14-year-old boy was released to family members, police said.

Charles also was released from the hospital, police said.

He was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, police said. Police held him in jail overnight at the First Precinct ahead of his arraignment on Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

His next court date is Wednesday.

Police are asking anyone with information about the collision to call 631-852-6553 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

With Craig Schneider

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