SHIRLEY, NY- According to Newsday.com, a man from Shirley was arrested and is facing charges in connection to a collision between two vehicles that took place on the Sunrise Highway on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
The man was traveling in the eastbound lanes close to Waverly Avenue at the time of the crash.
At about 8 p.m., 39-year-old Michael Sammartino was involved in an accident between the 2002 Honda Odyssey that he was driving and a 2011 Chevy Tahoe that was pulling a trailer. The Tahoe was pulling a 1981 Chevy Malibu.
Sammartino sustained injuries in the collision, as did a passenger who was traveling in the Tahoe. Reports did not indicate the condition of the driver of the Tahoe. Sammartino and the other injured individual were both taken to the Long Island Community Hospital located in Patchogue.
The crash shut down the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway for about one and a half hours.
Following the accident, police filed charges against Sammartino for driving while intoxicated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), 10,497 people died in 2016 in alcohol-related vehicle accidents. Police arrested more than 1 million drivers who were under the influence of alcohol, but based on self-reporting statistics, 111 million episodes of drunk driving took place that year. Alcohol is not the only drug involved in traffic accidents. About 16 percent of crashes involve drivers who are under the influence of either legal or illegal drugs other than alcohol. The number of drivers under the influence of marijuana is on the rise, and studies indicate that these drivers have a 25 percent higher risk of being involved in a crash.
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