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Long Island Woman Involved In Crash Drove Drunk With 9-Month-Old In Jeep, Police Say

Waverly Avenue and Barretts Avenue in Holtsville.
Waverly Avenue and Barretts Avenue in Holtsville. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A Long Island woman who crashed into a pickup truck stopped at a red light was driving drunk with an infant in her vehicle, police said.

The crash happened around 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 in  Holtsville.

Danielle Smith,  35, of Farmingville, was driving a 2012 Jeep Liberty westbound on Barretts Avenue with her 9-month-old son in the vehicle when she attempted to turn northbound onto Waverly Avenue and crashed into a southbound 2020 Chevrolet Silverado that was stopped at a red light, Suffolk County Police said.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Doug Viola, 25, of Holbrook, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to police. 

Smith and her son were not injured, police said.

Smith was charged with:

  • driving while intoxicated, 
  • aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years old or younger (Leandra’s Law), 
  • endangering the welfare of a child,
  • and aggravated unlicensed operation.

She was held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday, Aug.13.

The child was released to the custody of a family member at the precinct.

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