A husband and wife on Long Island were killed in a car crash caused by a 23-year-old intoxicated motorist. According to Suffolk County police, the deadly collision occurred at the intersection of Lakeland Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Ronkonkoma, New York. Kyle Glinka faces the charge of Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI) and is currently receiving treatment for injuries at a hospital.
The victims of the crash were William Kear, who was age 67, and his wife, Joanne, who was age 66. They were on their way home from their daughter’s house, where they had attended a family dinner with their grandchildren. The couple was in the midst of making a left turn when their Chevrolet pickup truck was hit by Glinka’s vehicle. After the auto accident, both victims were transported to a nearby hospital, where they were declared dead.
Suffolk County Police Detective Sergeant James Madden said that Glinka verbally admitted that he was drinking. Moreover, said the police officer, Glinka smelled of alcohol shortly after the car crash.
Investigators stated that Glinka was also speeding to such a degree in his small Audi that when he struck the couple’s pickup truck, he caused it to tip over. Moreover, witnesses said that the victims had a green light in front of them and that Glinka ran a red light. Glinka’s condition is described as serious after having undergone surgery for his accident-related injuries.
Safety checks are presently being performed on both vehicles as part of an ongoing investigation into the accident. Authorities said that the criminal charges against Glinka could potentially be upgraded, depending on the outcomes of the investigation.
For more information about this accident, read the ABC News article, “Husband and Wife Killed in Long Island Crash by Alleged Drunk Driver.”
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. And if you lost a loved one because of the negligence or intentional wrongdoing of another individual, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and hold the guilty party accountable. Contact the personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Proner and Proner.