In New York, the crime of driving under the influence is often called DWI or driving while intoxicated. While DWI is typically a misdemeanor in New York, there are occasions where it can be charged as a felony. For example, third and subsequent DWI charges can be charged as a felony. This can lead to a four-year jail sentence. Further, if someone is injured or killed in an accident where someone was driving while intoxicated, the driver might be charged with vehicular manslaughter or aggravated DWI. Both are serious charges with serious penalties, which include being charged with a felony and time spent in state prison.
The Merrick, New York Patch reports that a mother has been killed and her child injured after being rear-ended by a drunken driver. The crash happened just after midnight on Sunday on the Meadowbrook State Parkway.
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Police reported that 39-year-old Lissette Quintanilla was driving a 2006 Kia heading north on Meadowbrook Pkwy in North Merrick. 26-year-old Nicole A. Pollock was driving a 2012 Nissan Rogue and rear-ended Quintanilla. This caused the Kia to veer off of the roadway and strike a tree. Quintanilla was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries. Her seven-year-old son was a passenger in the vehicle. He was taken to a local children’s hospital for treatment. Pollock is facing numerous charges, including first-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree assault, second-degree vehicular assault, and finally, DWI charges.