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DA: Teen driver was on marijuana in crash that killed girl, 4

Christian Yanes, 19, of Brentwood, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs after he struck and killed a 4-year-old girl in front of her Brentwood home Tuesday, Suffolk police said. Credit: James Carbone

A 19-year-old motorist was charged with driving while impaired by marijuana, after allegedly striking a 4-year-old girl Tuesday in front of her Brentwood home. She later died. 

The motorist, identified by the police as Christian Yanes of Brentwood, was freed on supervised release Wednesday and ordered to wear a monitoring bracelet, seek drug treatment if necessary and obey a 6 p.m. curfew, Suffolk County district attorney's office spokeswoman Sheila Kelly said after Yanes was arraigned by Judge Rosann Orlando. 

Yanes is accused of driving a 2018 Honda Civic north on Fulton Street around 6:50 p.m. and striking the girl, Roussy A. Cabrera Fuentes, according to a Suffolk County police news release. She was taken by Brentwood Legion Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she was pronounced dead, the release said.

Yanes, who entered a not-guilty plea and is due back in court July 28, was represented by the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, Kelly said. The society does not comment to the press about its cases. 

Yanes allegedly made "oral admissions" and gave a written statement that led to his arrest, according to court paperwork provided by Kelly. 

"The defendant was operating his vehicle while his ability to do so was impaired by the use of marijuana," according to the paperwork, which says the crash caused the girl's death. 

He is charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor. In the past, the prosecution has waited to file more serious charges, including in vehicular crimes that involve death, until later on in the proceedings, such as after a grand jury is convened.

With Nicole Fuller

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