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Long Island Man Arrested On Drunk Driving Charge In Fatal Smithtown Crash

Thomas Stavola, 54, was arrested in connection with a fatal crash in Smithtown. (Credit: Suffolk County Police)

Thomas Stavola, 54, was arrested in connection with a fatal crash in Smithtown. (Credit: Suffolk County Police)

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NEW YORK(AP) — Police say a Long Island man has been arrested on a drunken-driving charge after a crash that killed the driver of the other car.

The accident happened just before 4 a.m. Saturday in Smithtown.

Suffolk County police say 54-year-old Thomas Stavola, of Setauket, was driving an Audi northbound when he struck a Mercedes going westbound.

The driver of the Mercedes, 45-year-old Monica Peterman, of Middle Island, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Stavola was treated for minor injuries.

He was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Stavola is scheduled to be arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.

No information on a lawyer for Stavola was available.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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