Drivers Ed Notebook

Long Island man killed in three-car crash fueled by drunk driving
A drunken driver was arrested early Saturday after setting off a three-car crash in Manhattan that left another motorist dead, police said.
Brandon Connelly of Valley Stream was busted when his 2005 Audi hit a Chevy Tahoe on the southbound lanes of the FDR Drive on the lower East Side.
As the SUV smashed into a concrete barrier, the Audi bounced off - only to crash into a minivan near the Brooklyn Bridge exit.
The driver of the minivan, an unidentified man in his 50s, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but he died soon after the 4:41 a.m. wreck. Four people in the minivan had minor injuries.
Police charged Connelly, 32, with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated.

Cause: A drunk driver struck another vehicle leading to a pile up.

Age: 50’s

Seatbelt: N/A

Two Fatal Car Crashes in Long Island

Long Island authorities believe that the weather may have played a role in two fatal car crashes yesterday. Newsday reports that around 9 a.m., Ryan Charles, 23, crashed his minivan into a tree (right) in Medford. He was pronounced dead at the hospital and police said "there were slippery road conditions. And an icy road caused a two-car crash: A Toyota four-door sedan was broadsided by a van in Greenlawn. The Toyota's driver, Jose Fuentes, was pronounced dead at the hospital, while the van's driver, Lois Molloy, had a foot injury and her daughter was not injured, according to Newsday.

Cause: Inclement weather
Age: 23
Seatbelt: N/A


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