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Driver taken into custody in DWI crash

Police say that a 27-year-old New York man was driving a 2016 Mercedes convertible east on Merrick Road in Rockville Centre when the car collided with a Mazda Miata. The accident occurred at the intersection of Merrick and Oceanside Road at about 9:06 p.m. on Oct. 14. Authorities say that the Mazda was split in half as a result of the collision.

A rear tire also came off of the Mazda and hit a tractor trailer. The Mercedes flipped over and came to a rest near a utility pole east of Oceanside, and police and firefighters had to get the man and a 25-year-old passenger out of the car. Both the passenger in the Mercedes as well as the drivers of both cars were taken to local hospitals. Police say that the driver of the Mazda suffered internal injuries.

The passenger in the Mercedes had a leg injury while the driver had minor leg and head injuries. He was taken into custody on two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of assault and criminal mischief. He was also charged with DWI and reckless driving, and the man was expected to be arraigned on Oct. 15 in a Hempstead court.

If car wreck is caused by a negligent driver, others who are hurt may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to determine what recourse may be available. If the settlement offered by the at-fault driver's insurance company is not sufficient, it may then be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit against the motorist that would seek compensation for medical expenses and other losses that have been incurred as a result of the collision.

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