Driver Charged in Wrong-Way Crash on Long Island - NBC New York

Driver Charged in Wrong-Way Crash on Long Island



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    A Long Island driver has been charged with manslaughter and DWI after police say he drove the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway. A passenger riding with him was killed.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Juan Cruz of Deer Park was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Tuesday.

    A woman who answered the phone at his home declined to comment. His lawyer's name was not immediately on record.

    Cruz's 28-year-old passenger, Mauricio Visoso-Ornelas, of Queens, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

    Police say the two men had attended a christening on Monday and were heading to Queens when Cruz hit a median on the LIE.

    Police say Cruz was heading west in the eastbound carpool lane in Plainview.