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A man is in police custody following a serious multi-vehicle crash on Long Island the evening of Aug. 11, according to local law enforcement. New York police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for the car accident that claimed one life and sent six other people to hospitals. The individual arrested is believed to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. 

According to the accident report, the 31-year-old man was headed east on Montauk Highway when his vehicle struck a sedan headed north on William Floyd Parkway. The driver directly behind the northbound car crashed into the rear of it, and the force of the impact propelled both cars into a fourth vehicle. The driver of the first car struck was rushed to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

The other individuals involved in the crash, including several children, suffered minor injuries. The driver himself is not believed to have been seriously injured in the crash, but he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Arraignment was scheduled for the afternoon of the day following the collision.

If New York prosecutors are successful in proving the man’s inebriated state at the time of the car accident, the man could face significant jail time. Separately, the family of the slain driver will be entitled under state law to file a wrongful death claim against the driver believed responsible. Any conviction earned in criminal court may be offered as proof of financial liability in a related civil court proceeding. 

Source: pix11.com, “Driver arrested in fatal multi-car crash on Long Island“, Christopher Brito, Aug. 12, 2015