By Jano Tantongco
Police said that a 56-year-old Huntington Station woman was driving while intoxicated and allegedly caused a crash that seriously injured an 89-year-old Dix Hills man Monday afternoon.
The woman, Daryl Richardson, was driving her 2005 Toyota westbound on West Jericho Turnpike in Huntington at around 4:05 p.m., when she tried to pull into a McDonald’s at 344 West Jericho Turnpike. She made a left turn in front of an oncoming 2009 Chevrolet, which struck her vehicle. The Chevrolet then careened off the roadway and struck the man, Louis Anania, as he was leaving the McDonald’s.
Anania was temporarily pinned between the car and the building. He was taken to Huntington Hospital and treated for an open leg fracture and a broken clavicle. As of Tuesday, he was still listed as a patient at the hospital.
Detective Sergeant Michael Flanagan of the Suffolk County Police Department Second Squad noted that police made their determination to charge her with DWI after she was treated and released at Huntington Hospital after complaining of leg pain.
He said police performed a sobriety test after witnessing her “slurred speech, alcohol on her breath and bloodshot eyes.” Flanagan added that further charges are pending.
The driver of the Chevrolet, Brian Davila, of Huntington Station, was also brought to Huntington Hospital, where he was treated for a scrape on the neck, Flanagan said.
Both cars were impounded for safety checks and police say the investigation is continuing.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Second Squad Detectives at 631-854-8252.