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Cops: Drunken driving charge in fatal Hauppauge crash

The driver of a car that overturned Wednesday on the Northern State Parkway in Hauppauge, killing a 23-year-old man, has been arrested and charged with drunken driving, police said.

State Police said Josue Mauricio Maldonado Santos, 22, of 157 Hammond Lane, Centereach, was charged with DWI after a blood sample he provided indicated he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. They did not release a specific blood-alcohol level.

Santos also was charged with false personation for providing police with a fake name.

Santos suffered a broken arm and collapsed lungs, and police said he will have a bedside arraignment later.

Police said Santos was behind the wheel of the black Honda, which overturned on the median near Exit 46, New Highway, at 6:52 a.m. Wednesday. The crash killed front-seat passenger Francisco Mejias Morales, 23, of Centereach.

Four others, including Santos, were injured, two critically. Three of the five people in the car were ejected through a rear window, police said.

A tree also toppled onto the car during the crash.

The other passengers were Izac Mejias Morales, 23, Neptali Mejias Morales, 18, and Juan Carlos Santos, 22, all of Centereach. Josue Mauricio Maldonado Santos and the three Morales men all lived at the same address, police said.

It was still not clear Friday if any of the men were related. Police said Izac Morales was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for lacerations and contusions, Neptali Morales was treated for lacerations and contusions at Stony Brook University Medical Center and Juan Santos was treated at St. Catherine's of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown.

The crash closed the eastbound parkway for several hours.

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