Driver Charged in Deadly Long Island Chain-Reaction Crash Tells Reporters He Was High on PCP

A Long Island man confessed to the media to being high on PCP at the time of a chain-reaction crash that killed a man and injured several others Tuesday night.

Kendall Owens was arrested on driving while ability impaired by drugs and leaving the scene of an accident after the crash on the William Floyd Parkway at the Montauk Highway in Shirley, according to police.

While being walked from a precinct in Shirley Wednesday morning, Owens told reporters he was high at the time of the four-car pileup that killed Richard Garcia, calling PCP “the worst drug in the world."

He also said that Wednesday was his daughter’s birthday and that he was “so sorry to the family” of Garcia.

“I’m sorry for anyone that was hurt,” he said. “I’m sorry for being a bad dad today.”

Owens, 31, was heading east on the Montauk Highway when his car hit one heading north on the William Floyd Parkway.

Owens' car and the other car then hit a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Xavier Patino that was headed west on Montauk Highway.

Alyssa Toth, 23, was driving behind Garcia and crashed into his car after the initial collision.

Garcia was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Patino and his four passengers, which included an infant boy and a 2-year-old girl, were taken to a nearby hospital but were later released.

Toth was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Owens was also treated for minor injuries at a hospital, where he was arrested.

It was not immediately clear if Owens has an attorney. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

The cars were impounded for safety checks as police continue to investigate.

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