A Queens man is facing a drunken driving charge after a four-vehicle crash that injured him and 10 others on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead early Sunday, police said.
Tyler Jackson, 31, of Rosedale, was driving a Honda Accord in the right westbound lane near Exit 18 about 2:10 a.m. when he struck a stopped Nissan Pathfinder, which then hit a disabled Ford Econoline passenger van in front of it, New York State Police said in a news release. Both vehicles were parked in the right lane. Jackson then lost control and hit a moving Toyota Sienna minivan.
Two people in the Ford van, which was labeled with the name of the Bronx-based congregation Jesus Reconciliation Ministries Inc., and eight in the Nissan were injured and taken to local hospitals. The driver and a passenger in the Toyota were uninjured.
Jackson suffered the most serious injuries from the crash and was hospitalized for facial trauma and a pelvic injury, police said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated. It was not clear when he would be arraigned.
All westbound lanes were closed for hours after the crash. The lanes reopened by 10 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.
Jesus Reconciliation Ministries Inc. could not be reached for comment.
The investigation is ongoing. Police asked witnesses to call the State Police Long Island Headquarters at 631-756-3300.