A 20-year-old Long Island driver who allegedly caused a car accident that killed his girlfriend and another teen has been released from jail.
Thomas Smith of Ridge was arraigned Sunday on a misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle while impaired on drugs.
His lawyer asked the judge to release Smith on his own recognizance but the judge set $75,000 bail instead.
The one-car accident occurred Saturday as the group was returning from a New Jersey amusement park. The SUV veered off the road and slammed into a tree in Ridge.
Prosecutors said Smith admitted to police he had smoked marijuana and taken two muscle relaxers before getting behind the wheel, according to Newsday.
Despite Smith's supposed admissions regarding the drugs, his lawyer said he didn't "know if that's really true.''
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