A 5-year-old girl was lucky to be alive after she was ejected from a car that police said was hit by a drunken driver in Franklin Square.
The crash occurred at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday at Hempstead Turnpike and Claflin Boulevard. Police said Kevin Roberts, 60, tried to turn a 2000 Oldsmobile left onto Claflin from westbound Hempstead Turnpike in front of an eastbound Toyota, but struck the Toyota.
The 2000 Toyota, which had five people in it, then struck a 2010 Honda and a utility pole. The girl, who police said was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Toyota, but sustained what police called "non-life-threatening injuries."
The girl was not identified. Police said all five people in the Toyota were taken to a hospital, but said only the girl was admitted. She was in stable condition Wednesday. The other four, including the driver, were not injured.
Roberts, of 35 Jefferson St., Franklin Square, was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular assault, second-degree assault, reckless driving and aggravated driving while intoxicated, police said. He was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead, Nassau County police said.
Police said the charge for aggravated vehicular assault is for a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.18 percent. The legal limit for DWI is .08 percent. Police did not release the recorded test results.