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5-Year-Old LI Boy Dies Of Injuries Suffered In Suspected DWAI Crash

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Steven Kinalis (credit: Suffolk County PD)

Steven Kinalis (credit: Suffolk County PD)

SHIRLEY, NY (CBSNewYork) — A 5-year-old boy who was injured in a Saturday morning motor vehicle accident on Sunrise Highway died from his injuries on Sunday afternoon.

Suffolk County police arrested Steven Kinalis, 30, of Ronkonkoma and said he was involved in the accident that left the boy in critical condition on Saturday morning. Police say he was driving while was impaired by drugs (DWAI).

“Kinalis was driving a 2007 Toyota Scion eastbound on Sunrise Highway when his vehicle rear-ended a 2004 Dodge pickup truck, driven by Kevin Gaffney, 36, of West Islip, at 9:43 a.m. on Saturday while traveling just east of William Floyd Parkway in Shirley,” according to the Suffolk County Police Department. “The truck then left the road and struck a tree.” Eastbound Sunrise Highway was closed at the parkway, exit 58, for several hours and reopened at 2:20 p.m., according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

Also in the car with Gaffney was wife and their 7-year-old daughter and their 2-year-old son. The entire family was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center where the couple’s 5-year-old son died. The other family members who were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Stony Brook.

At his arraignment on Sunday before the child’s death, Kinalis was ordered held on $150,000 cash bail. Further information on any additional or pending charges was not immediately available from the Suffolk County Police Department. Kinalis is due back in court on Wednesday.

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