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Cops: Driver arrested in wrong-way crash on Southern State

A wrong-way driver faced charges including reckless driving

A wrong-way driver faced charges including reckless driving after his sport utility vehicle hit an oncoming car on the Southern State Parkway in North Valley Stream on Saturday, April 15, 2017, New York State Police said. Credit: Lou Minutoli

A wrong-way driver faces charges after he slammed his sport utility vehicle into an oncoming car early Saturday on the Southern State Parkway in North Valley Stream, injuring himself, the other driver and her passenger, State Police said.

Police said the injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

The wrong-way driver, Enry Avelar-Rios of Hempstead, was charged with reckless endangerment, assault, reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation, police said. He may face additional charges, police said.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Avelar-Rios was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer westbound in the eastbound lanes at Exit 13 when he struck a 2006 Volvo driven by Jazmin Fernandez of Franklin Square, police said.

Fernandez sustained a facial fracture and hip and neck injuries, while her passenger, Jalane Kane of Franklin Square, sustained a broken femur, police said.

Avelar-Rios’ arraignment information was not available Saturday.

Officials said the eastbound parkway was closed for more than five hours for the subsequent investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call New York State Police in East Farmingdale at 631-756-3300.

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