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Impaired Driver From Seaford Charged After Fatal Crash In Wantagh, Police Say

Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith Photo Credit: Nassau County Police

An impaired driver is facing charges after being involved in a fatal overnight crash on Long Island, police said.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4 in Wantagh.

Matthew Smith, age 22, of Seaford was operating a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck heading eastbound on Jerusalem Avenue when it crossed over into oncoming traffic and was involved in a collision with a 2015 Chrysler sedan being operated by a 23-year-old man heading westbound on Jerusalem Avenue. Nassau County Police said 

Both drivers were transported to a local area hospital for treatment and evaluation, said police. 

The driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m. Saturday, by a hospital physician. The man's identity has not yet been released.

Smith was charged with:

  • Driving while impaired, 
  • Reckless driving, 
  • Second-degree manslaughter,
  • Reckless Endangerment. 

He was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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