The 55 year old truck driver who killed four friends when his pickup truck t-boned their limo on Saturday afternoon was charged with a misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated and arraigned Sunday from his hospital bed at Eastern Long Island Hospital according to CBS NY.
Steven Romeo of Bethpage is a local Long Island business man who was reportedly drunk and speeding when his truck crashed into a limo on route 48 at Depot Lane in Cutchogue, on the North Fork of Long Island. The limo contained a young group of friends who were on a wine tour in Long Island. The women had just left Vineyard 48 and the limo driver, 58 year old Carlos Pino, was making a U-turn, although legal, it’s a dangerous move.
The strong force of Romeo’s pickup truck almost tore the limo in half. Three women died on the scene, another died at the hospital and two women are listed in critical condition.
The group of friends, all women in their twenties were out celebrating and hired a limo to drive them around so they could enjoy themselves and not have to worry about driving drunk. A very responsible move on their part, but who would have predicted this bitter twist of irony that ended so fatally.
According to NY Daily News, a Cutchogue resident who lives one block from the crash site said the roads leading to the wineries are known to be treacherous.
“These roads were made for potato trucks, not super stretch limos and party buses,” said Nicole Brewer.