By Danny Schrafel
A man faces felony DWI charges after he allegedly drove drunk and wrecked his car on the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills Friday with his two pre-teen daughters in the car.
Mauricio Zamora, 40, of Ronkonoma, crashed the 2014 Honda Accord while driving westbound between exits 52 and 51, striking the median at 10:24 p.m., according to police. The vehicle suffered heavy front-end damage, first responders from the Dix Hills Fire Department said.
Dix Hills Fire Rescue transported the man’s two daughters, ages 11 and 9, to Huntington Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. One child suffered soreness to the hip, while the other had a red mark around her neck from the seat belt, Sgt. Jeffrey Walker said.
“Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured,” he said.
The children were released into the custody of their mother. Zamora was later charged with aggravated DWI with a child 15 or younger in the car, an E felony under Leandra’s Law, DWI and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was not hurt, police said.
Zamora was arraigned Saturday and is due back in court Thursday, March 26. He was held on $10,000 bond or cash bail.
His attorney, Sayville-based Joseph Hanshe, did not return a call for comment Monday.
Leandra's Law, adopted in 2009, was inspired by the death of Leandra Rosado, an 11-year-old girl who was killed on the Henry Hudson Parkway on Oct. 11, 2009, when her friend's mother flipped the car they were in while allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Rosado died, and six other children in the car were hurt.