2017-09-28 / Front Page

Three injured after drunk driver plows into car and pedestrians in Babylon Village

A 27-year-old Babylon man was arrested and charged with drunk driving last night after he struck a parked car in front of St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Babylon, and then plowed into a group of pedestrians who were leaving the church. A pedestrian, was seriously injured in that incident, while a man and a three-year-old child who were in the parked vehicle sustained minor injuries.

 Police said the driver, Anthony Parrinello, was operating a 2005 Ford F250 southbound on North Carll Avenue when his vehicle struck a parked 2011 Nissan Pathfinder parked in front of the church at approximately 6:25 p.m., and then continued onto the church walkway, striking a woman who was among a large number of people leaving the church after having attended Mass. The vehicle continued southbound, striking and knocking down a statue before coming to a stop in front of St. Joseph’s Nursery School.

 Nancy Ruff, 76, of West Babylon, New York was transported by Babylon Rescue Squad ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, New York for treatment of serious injuries.

 Michael Pepe, 40, and Harper Pepe, 3, both of Babylon, were occupants of the parked Nissan. They were transported by Babylon Rescue Squad ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 Parrinello, charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He was not injured in the crash. Parrinello was held overnight at the First Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on October 1.

 The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing and detectives are asking anyone with information about this crash, including cellphone video, to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.

 

 

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