Erika Bautista, the woman who was involved in a motor vehicle crash on County Road 83 in Farmingville on September 25, has died from injuries sustained in the crash.



Suffolk County Police last night arrested a man for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured another driver and her children in Farmingville.

Erika Bautista and her three daughters were inside a northbound 2015 Honda, which had become disabled in the right lane of County Route 83, north of South Bicycle Path, when it was struck in the rear by a 2018 Jeep being driven by Chris Montpetit at 5:06 p.m.

Fire and EMS personnel from both Selden and Farmingville Fire Departments worked to save the lives of the mother and her children.  A medevac helicopter landed near the scene but the victims were rushed by ground ambulances to Stony Brook due to their conditions.

Erika Bautista, 31, of Farmingville, and her daughters Melissa Bautista, 4, and Lizabeth Bautista, 8, were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious physical injuries. Ruby Bautista, 10, was transported to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks.  

Montpetit, 36, of Shirley, was arrested at the scene for Driving While Intoxicated. He is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip today.

The roadway was closed until well after midnight as detectives from the Major Case Unit and crime scene section conducted their workup of the scene.  The investigation is continuing and detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6553. All calls will be kept confidential.