NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — In two days, Long Island highways have seen two violent wrong-way collisions.

On Tuesday, an early morning wrong-way crash on the Long Island Expressway left two people hospitalized, CBS 2’s Magee Hickey reported.

The accident occurred just before 5 a.m., when a vehicle entered the eastbound lanes of 4-lane highway at exit 36 – heading westbound.

Katelyn A. O’Connell of Westbury faces a drunken driving charge.  O’Connell was expected to be arraigned at a later date on DWI and reckless endangerment charges. It was not immediately known if she was represented by an attorney.

Both O’Connell and an unidentified 27-year-old man, who was driving the other vehicle, were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.

1010 WINS Reporter Carol D’Auria with details on the alleged drunk driver

The crash comes just a day after New York City police Officer Andre Menzies, 35, was killed in a wrong-way crash on the Northern State Parkway. Police said the driver that struck Menzies’ vehicle was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

Tuesday’s accident was apparently also linked to alcohol. Police said the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was arrested for DUI. The eastbound LIE was closed until about 10:40 a.m. That caused huge backups from Queens into central Nassau County. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals for treatment.


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Comments (23)
  1. Jonathan Reiter says:

    More than one wrong way accident!

    Two Wrong-Way Crashes Occur on Long Island Highways

  2. er says:

    Typical stupid Lawn Guyland white trash.

  3. mystery says:

    What were these going to at 5am?

    1. harriet in ny says:

      Really? does it matter?

  4. Vickie says:

    We need to get the death penalty activated in NY for all DUI. It’s Mandatory.

    1. harriet in ny says:

      yeah, that will work, one DUI or alleged DUI, and that’s it, doesn’t matter if there are any casualities or property damage, yeah, let’s stone them in a public square, the goverment could sell banners and programs and stuff and use it to balance the budget.

      1. harriet DRUNK in ny says:


  5. Aceof Spades says:

    put another one up for alcohol. Why is it still legal again.

    1. harriet in ny says:

      Think of the busiesses, industry and jobs!!! it’s just free market common sense capitalism,

  6. Nick says:

    There is no need to waste time and money installing Alcohol Monitoring devices. It’s better off if we just execute these drunkards for the murderous sc\/ms that they are. Preferably before they had spawned and further infest the gene pool.

    But since ALL politicians are drunken liars, there will never be laws that will properly punished drunken killers.

  7. Maria Pinneri says:

    I strongly advise that it be mandatory to install a devise in “ALL” cars new and old which would moniter the driver. The driver would have to blow into a tube. If his or her alcohol level is high the car would not be able to start. Just as seat belts and air bags are mandatory why not a safety devise for inconsiderate people who drink and drive. Isn’t it always the case that the drunk driver servives and the innocent are killed?

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