YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Sources said Wednesday that the driver who caused a Yaphank, Long Island crash that killed four people this week had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit.

That driver – identified as Gustave Geyer, 25, of Ridge – was killed in the crash, which happened just after 10:45 p.m. Monday in Yaphank.

Geyer was driving a pickup truck when he lost control and slammed into a sedan traveling in the opposite direction on Yaphank-Middle Island Road, Suffolk County police said.

Three people in the sedan were killed – including Chandan Gavai, 38, of Middle Island, and his parents – Kamalnayan Gavai, 74, and Archana Gavai, 60. The elder Gavais were visiting the U.S. from India, Suffolk County police said.

Chandan Gavai

Chandan Gavai, 38, was killed in a crash in Yaphank on Monday, July 4, 2016. (Credit: Family Photo)

Chandan Gavai’s wife, Manisha Surwade, 32, remained in critical condition late Wednesday at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue, police said.

The couple’s 11-year-old boy was treated for minor injuries.

Suffolk County police said they received multiple 911 calls at the accident. Many of them said Geyer was driving erratically. Investigators believe he was coming home from a party when he died.


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