HAUPPAUGE NY- Suffolk County Police have arrested a Ridge man for driving while ability Impaired by Drugs after his vehicle struck and seriously injured a 7-year-old girl in Hauppauge last night.
Brandon Cumberbatch, 21, was driving a 2002 Chevy Impala southbound on Route 111 when his vehicle struck a 2008 Toyota minivan driven by Arunima Singh, 40, who was also travelling southbound on Route 111 with her two children in the car.
Cumberbatch’s vehicle veered onto the shoulder, over the curb and into the parking lot of the Hauppauge Plaza and struck an unoccupied parked vehicle.
Singh and her son, Avaneesh, 18, and daughter Bhaswi, 7, were transported via Hauppauge Rescue to Stony Brook University Hospital. The mother and her son were treated for minor injuries and the daughter is in serious condition with a fractured skull and facial injuries.
Cumberbatch was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. He was transported to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown for observation. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.
The vehicles were impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing. Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to call them at 631-852-6555.
PORT JEFFERSON – At 12:00pm July 11, 2015 the Port Jefferson Fire Department, Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance and Suffolk County Police were called to a motor vehicle crash. Reports indicted a car had hit the side of a residence at 121 Belle Terre Road. Upon arrival of the first rescue unit, it was confirmed that a 4 door sedan had crashed straight into the side of the home. The resident living in the house was home at the time of the crash. Rescuers from Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance carefully removed the female patient from the vehicle. The female victim was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. Firefighters from the Port Jefferson Fire Department secured the vehicle for removal from the scene.
Neighbor & Port Jefferson resident Jae Hartzell said “I heard a crash and immediately saw a woman’s car turning through the intersection crashing into the house. She defiantly spun around once. She may have been confused and accidentally hit the gas.”
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