Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle crash that killed a man and critically injured a woman in Sayville early this morning.
An adult male was driving a 2011 Toyota Yaris eastbound on Sunrise Highway, near Exit 50, when the vehicle struck the center median, followed by the guardrail of the right lane, before becoming disabled sideways, facing north, in the center lane at approximately 12:25 a.m. An adult female passenger exited the Toyota, which was then struck in the driver’s side by an eastbound 2011 Jeep Liberty. The impact of the crash caused the Toyota to strike the female.
The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The female passenger was airlifted by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition. Neither victim has yet to be identified by police.
The driver of the Jeep, Daniel Lazzaro, was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Major Case Unit detectives charged Lazzaro, 37, of Centereach, with Driving While Intoxicated. He will be arraigned at a later date.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6553.