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Suspected wrong-way DWI drivers

Police said at 6 a.m. on July 5,

Police said at 6 a.m. on July 5, 2010, Dave Richards, 30, of Hempstead, was driving his a 2002 Mercedes-Benz drunk and the wrong-way on the LIE near Exit 24 when he crashed head-on into an airport shuttle driver, John Rey, 64, of Greenlawn. Rey later died from his injuries. Photo Credit: Vic Nicastro

Suspected wrong-way DWI crashes and drivers.

Rony Santos, 42, of Wyandanch, is led out
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Rony Santos, 42, of Wyandanch, is led out of the First Precinct in Babylon for arraignment in Central Islip Criminal Court. Santos is charged with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly crashed head-on into a police car on Wellwood Avenue in Wyandanch, injuring two officers. (July 15, 2012)

Yuhua Zhu, 40, of Jericho, was charged with
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Yuhua Zhu, 40, of Jericho, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and two counts of third-degree assault, Nassau County police said. Zhu sideswiped a tractor-trailer on an exit ramp on the Long Island Expressway in Jericho and then crashed head-on into a box truck, injuring two people, police said. (May 16, 2012)

Police say Michael Bowen, 50, of Brooklyn, was
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Police say Michael Bowen, 50, of Brooklyn, was driving drunk and the wrong way on the Northern State Parkway in 2010, when he fatally collided with a car driven by Andre Menzies, a cop who was driving home from work. (Nov. 15, 2010)

Roger Cabural, 37, of 264 16th St. in
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Roger Cabural, 37, of 264 16th St. in West Babylon, who is charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, is led out of the Third Precinct in Bay Shore Friday morning for arraignment in criminal court in Central Islip. (Jan. 7, 2011)

At 2 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2010, Alicia
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At 2 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2010, Alicia Tysz, 28, of Ridge, was arrested after she drove the wrong way while drunk on eastbound Route 25 in Middle Island, police said.

Police say Bernadette Behensky, 20, of Huntington Station,
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Police say Bernadette Behensky, 20, of Huntington Station, was arrested Sunday by officers who spotted her driving westward in the eastbound lanes of Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow. Officers found her to be driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, police said. (Dec. 12, 2010)

Christopher Williams, 40, of East Northport, drove his
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Christopher Williams, 40, of East Northport, drove his 2005 Honda the wrong way on Sunrise Highway through Eastport and Shirley just after 1 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2010, police said.

Christopher Williams, 40, of East Northport, drove his
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Christopher Williams, 40, of East Northport, drove his 2005 Honda the wrong way on Sunrise Highway through Eastport and Shirley just after 1 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2010, police said.

Christopher Williams, 40, of East Northport, leaves the
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Christopher Williams, 40, of East Northport, leaves the Suffolk County Police Department's Seventh Precinct for his arraignment Thursday. (Dec. 9, 2010)

The scene where police arrested a wrong-way driver
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The scene where police arrested a wrong-way driver on Sunrise Highway, west of the William Floyd Parkway, in Shirley. (Dec. 9, 2010)

On Dec. 8, 2010, police say Timothy P.
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On Dec. 8, 2010, police say Timothy P. Griffin, 43, of Yaphank, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck westbound in the westbound lanes of the LIE when he crossed the median near Exit 71 in Calverton and then continue west in the eastbound lanes. (Dec. 9, 2010)

On Dec. 8, 2010, police say Timothy P.
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On Dec. 8, 2010, police say Timothy P. Griffin, 43, of Yaphank, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck westbound in the westbound lanes of the LIE when he crossed the median near Exit 71 in Calverton and then continue west in the eastbound lanes. (Dec. 9, 2010)

On Nov. 16, 2010, police say Katelyn A.
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On Nov. 16, 2010, police say Katelyn A. O’Connell, 22, of Westbury, was driving drunk and westbound on the eastbound lanes of the LIE near Exit 35, at 5 a.m. when she crashed head-on into another car.

The car that was traveling the correct way
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The car that was traveling the correct way on the LIE, front, was struck by a car going the wrong-way, rear, at 5:03 a.m. in North Hills, Tuesday. (Nov. 16, 2010)

This is the vehicle the was driven by
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This is the vehicle the was driven by Katelyn O'Connell, 22, of Westbury, who police say was driving drunk and the wrong-way on the LIE eastbound near Exit 35 before crashing into another vehicle at 5:03 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2010.

Ralph Cerullo of East Setauket was arrested on
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Ralph Cerullo of East Setauket was arrested on drunken-driving charges after his speeding car crashed into a median guardrail on Sunrise Highway in Sayville, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office said. (Dec. 3, 2010)

Police said at 6 a.m. on July 5,
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Police said at 6 a.m. on July 5, 2010, Dave Richards, 30, of Hempstead, was driving his a 2002 Mercedes-Benz drunk and the wrong-way on the LIE near Exit 24 when he crashed head-on into an airport shuttle driver, John Rey, 64, of Greenlawn. Rey later died from his injuries.

On Sept. 6, 2010, police say Juan Cruz,
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On Sept. 6, 2010, police say Juan Cruz, 27, of Deer Park, was driving the wrong-way on the LIE and had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal state limit when he crashed his van into the median in Plainview. The crash killed his friend, a passenger in the car, Mauricio Visoso-Ornelas, 28, of Corona.

On Sept. 6, 2010, police say Juan Cruz,

On Sept. 6, 2010, police say Juan Cruz, 27, of Deer Park, was driving the wrong-way on the LIE and had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal state limit when he crashed his van into the median in Plainview. The crash killed his friend, a passenger in the car, Mauricio Visoso-Ornelas, 28, of Corona.

On Sept. 6, 2010, police say Juan Cruz,
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On Sept. 6, 2010, police say Juan Cruz, 27, of Deer Park, was driving the wrong-way on the LIE and had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal state limit when he crashed his van into the median in Plainview. The crash killed his friend, a passenger in the car, Mauricio Visoso-Ornelas, 28, of Corona.

On Sept. 6, 2010, police say Juan Cruz,
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On Sept. 6, 2010, police say Juan Cruz, 27, of Deer Park, was driving the wrong-way on the LIE and had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal state limit when he crashed his van into the median in Plainview. The crash killed his friend, a passenger in the car, Mauricio Visoso-Ornelas, 28, of Corona.

On July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler was drunk
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On July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler was drunk and high when she crashed on the Taconic Parkway in Westchester County, slamming into another vehicle and killing eight, including herself, her daughter, and three nieces.

Diane and Daniel Schuler with their children Bryan,
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Diane and Daniel Schuler with their children Bryan, 5, and Erin, 2. On July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler was drunk and high when she crashed on the Taconic Parkway in Westchester County, slamming into another vehicle and killing eight, including herself and her daughter.

On July 26, 2009, five members of a
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On July 26, 2009, five members of a Long Island family were thrown from this minivan which was traveling the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway in Westchester. The driver Diane Schuler was drunk and high.

On July 26, 2009, five members of a
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On July 26, 2009, five members of a Long Island family were thrown from this minivan which was traveling the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway in Westchester. The driver Diane Schuler was drunk and high.

On Nov. 15, 2010, police say Michael Bowen,
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On Nov. 15, 2010, police say Michael Bowen, 50, was driving drunk and the wrong-way on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills when his van collided with a car driven by NYPD Officer Andre Menzies, who was heading to his North Babylon home after work, police say. Menzies was killed.

On Nov. 15, 2010, police say Michael Bowen,
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On Nov. 15, 2010, police say Michael Bowen, 50, was driving drunk and the wrong-way on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills when his van collided with a car driven by NYPD Officer Andre Menzies, who was heading to his North Babylon home after work, police say. Menzies was killed.

On Nov. 15, 2010, police say Michael Bowen,
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On Nov. 15, 2010, police say Michael Bowen, 50, was driving drunk and the wrong way on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills when his van collided with a car driven by NYPD Officer Andre Menzies, who was heading to his North Babylon home after work, police said. Menzies was killed.

On Nov. 15, 2010, NYPD Officer Andre Menzies
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On Nov. 15, 2010, NYPD Officer Andre Menzies of North Babylon was killed when, police say, Michael Bowen, 50, was driving drunk and the wrong-way on the Northern State Parkway before crashing into Menzies' vehicle.

On July 2, 2005, Martin Heidgen, 24, of
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On July 2, 2005, Martin Heidgen, 24, of Valley Stream, drove the wrong-way on the Meadowbrook Parkway before slamming his pickup into a limousine carrying the Flynn family home from a wedding. The crash killed flower girl Katie Flynn, 7, of Long Beach, and limo driver Stanley Rabinowitz

Rescue workers surround Mike Ovadia's Lexus after a
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Rescue workers surround Mike Ovadia's Lexus after a wrong-way collision with a drunken driver on the Wantagh State Parkway. (Nov. 17, 2005)

Rescue workers surround Mike Ovadia's Lexus after a
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Rescue workers surround Mike Ovadia's Lexus after a wrong-way collision with a drunken driver on the Wantagh State Parkway. (Nov. 17, 2005)

Wrong-way collision survivor Peter Barrese talks about his
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Wrong-way collision survivor Peter Barrese talks about his experience with Newsday. (Nov. 26, 2010)

A car traveling the wrong way in the
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A car traveling the wrong way in the westbound lanes of the LIE crashed into a 10 wheel pump-truck being driven by Peter Barrese. (Aug. 10, 2008)

Wrong-way collision survivor Mike Ovadia stands at the
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Wrong-way collision survivor Mike Ovadia stands at the scene of his accident on the Wantagh State Parkway. (Nov. 26, 2010)

Michael Minogue's Chevrolet Blazer sits on the Long
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Michael Minogue's Chevrolet Blazer sits on the Long Island Expressway after being hit by a wrong-way driver. (Feb. 4, 2008)

Wrong-way collision survivor Mike Ovadia stands at the
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Wrong-way collision survivor Mike Ovadia stands at the scene of his accident on the Wantagh State Parkway. (Nov. 26, 2010)

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