A Long Island man driving home from work was killed in a crash that lead to a woman being charged with a DWI. Suffolk County police have said that Natalia Simons, 36, of Kings Park, was driving on the wrong way at the time of the crash.
According to police reports, Simons was driving a 2013 Nissan Rogue north on Route 25A in Smithtown when her vehicle moved into the southbound lane a little after midnight on Friday. She then struck a 2012 Toyota Camry driven by Larry Garwood, 59, of Island Park. He was taken to St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center in Smithtown where he was declared dead.
Garwood was on his way from the hospital where he worked as a radiology unit supervisor when the accident occurred. His employers spoke glowingly of Garwood and have expressed their sympathy to his bereaved family during this trying time.
His wife Kim is devastated and unsure of what she will do without her husband. She would like Garwood to come alive and spend time with her. Family members say that Garwood was a devoted husband and step father. He was also a dedicated worker. Garwood’s step daughter Nicole is also upset at the loss of her step father.
Simons suffered minor injuries because of the accident. She was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital. According to the prosecutors, Simons had admitted to the field officers that she was intoxicated. A field sobriety test administered by the officials also revealed a high level of alcohol, but prosecutors are awaiting the test results before filing charges. Simons has been charged with DWI and is likely to be charged with other criminal offenses as well.
Police have taken both vehicles for safety tests. The prosecution has said that both vehicles were heavily mangled by the accident. The vehicles were toward the left hand side of the road were Simons is suspected to have crossed over.
Simons has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Bail has been set at $50,000 cash or $150,000 bond.
East Coast Man’s Trailer Wrecked in Accident
A man named Elmir Kozin was involved in an accident with a semi truck around March 13th. His company’s trailer was damaged in the wreck. The good news is that Elmir was not injured but his trailer was so that means he cannot fulfill his professional responsibilities.
Kozin is from Brooklyn, NY and is not happy about this situation. He has a right not to be! He was forced to come to a stop because a truck came to a halt in front of him because of some black ice. When he did this another truck hit him from behind, ruining his trailer. He does not think his company is going to pay for his trailer or his trip. He is not sure if he should try to continue work and is now seeking an attorney. Kozin was hit from behind so the other driver should pay for damages.
DWI Charges and Defense
A DWI charge can be fought if the officer administering the field sobriety test did not instruct the accused properly, if the breathanalyzer used was not properly calibrated before administering the test, or if the blood sample for the BAC test was not taken properly. All of these can discount the evidence against the accused and this can mean that a skilled defense attorney can help reduce the charge and penalty against the accused.
Under New York laws a first time offense of DWI is considered a misdemeanor, while subsequent convictions can lead to more severe penalties.
In addition, if anyone has been injured or killed in the accident, the charges can be more severe. A skilled defense attorney will help reduce the penalties in such cases as well.