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DWI suspect held on bail in car crash that killed cousin

Calixto Hernandez, 36, of 125 Timberline Dr., Brentwood

Calixto Hernandez, 36, of 125 Timberline Dr., Brentwood was charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with a motor-vehicle crash in Brentwood that claimed the life of a Brentwood man on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, according to Suffolk County Police Third Squad detectives. Credit: SCPD

The second of two alleged drunken drivers whose vehicles crashed on Thanksgiving night, killing a Brentwood man, appeared in court Saturday.

Calixto Hernandez, 36, of 125 Timberline Dr., was held on bail of $100,000 at his arraignment Saturday in First District Court in Central Islip, where his Legal Aid attorney entered a plea of not guilty.

Suffolk police said Hernandez was driving a 1994 Isuzu Amigo east on Second Avenue in Brentwood on Thursday night when he collided with a westbound 2001 BMW that turned left in front of his vehicle.

Jose Alvarado, 35, Hernandez's cousin and a passenger in the Isuzu, was killed in the crash, which flipped the SUV on its side and threw it into a pole.

Hernandez and the driver of the BMW, Selvin Lazo-Giron, 25, of 451 Smith St., Central Islip, were charged with driving while intoxicated.

Lazo-Giron also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it, police said. He was arrested after he and his passenger showed up at a hospital seeking treatment, police said.

According to a criminal complaint filed in court, Lazo-Giron told police he drank about seven beers before the crash. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday and was held on $100,000 bail.

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