DA Says Drunk Driver Caused Fatal Collision on I-95

by emallernee | July 29th, 2011

July 29, 2011

A Queens, New York, woman drove in the wrong direction for six miles on Interstate 95 before she collided with another car, killing a man on Sunday, July 24. Now the District Attorney’s Office reveals that the driver was drunk at the time of the crash. She has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

The complaint was filed Monday in New Rochelle City Court. Westchester County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Everson told The Wall Street Journal that the 26-year-old driver was “in an intoxicated state” during the accident. The results of alcohol and drug tests are pending, and a lawyer speaking on behalf of the accused says “speculation as to the cause of the accident is premature.”

The collision occurred just before daybreak on Sunday when the woman drove north in the southbound lanes of the interstate for six miles. Her Chevrolet minivan collided with a southbound Nissan Sentra, killing the Sentra’s 29-year-old male passenger and injuring the 29-year-old driver. Both men are residents of New Jersey.

The driver of the minivan is in fair condition at Jacobi Medical Center.

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