NORTH AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police in Suffolk County arrested a man for DWI after he allegedly struck two pedestrians in North Amityville early Monday morning.

Authorities said Richard Hughes, 49, was driving a 2002 Lincoln Continental southbound on Route 110 around 5:56 a.m. Police said his vehicle struck two pedestrians near Ritter Avenue.

Merell Jerman, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  Breuton Byrd, 18, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center and was listed in critical condition.

Hughes, of East Islip, was charged with driving while intoxicated and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Tuesday.

Meanwhile in Nassau County, 42-year-old Richard Santiago, of Hempstead, was arrested on drunken driving charges after police said he crashed his van into two cars and an MTA bus.

Police said the impact was so strong, the impact of the crash caused the bus to hit the side wall of a nearby McDonald’s. The 51-year-old bus driver suffered face and knee injuries.

In addition, the 27-year-old driver of one of the cars was also injured. Santiago, who has been charged with driving while intoxicated and other charges, also sustained a head injury in the crash, police said.

Comments (4)
  1. HelloNY says:

    I wonder when NY is going to wake up and realize we need stricter drunk driving laws. In my eyes, it’s the equivalent of attempted manslaughter.

  2. DanTe says:

    So when are we finally going to be allowed to kill off the drunks? How many humans must die before these genetic rejects gets eradicated from the gene pool?

    These things can’t help it. They’re born this way. Look at the Schulers. They still think that it’s the road’s fault.

  3. thor's hammer says:

    no doubt, not the first offense for either one. plan on hearing them or their court appointed lawyers allege “they weren’t aware they hit anything.” yeah, right, and i’ve got ocean front property in kansas. time to really amend minimum sentences – first offense 5 yrs jail, after release 10 yr loss of license. with loss of life 25 yrs to life and never again to get behind the wheel. anyone who loans the perp a car is guilty by means of joint venture. those who want a rehab program can pay for it during their incarceration. zero tolerance, and for those with sympathies, i invite you to look at graphic crime scene photographs or spend time in the trauma unit of a hospital. justice for the victims of these criminals!

  4. Jimmy says:

    and again

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