Shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday, police announced the arrest of a Hempstead man for allegedly driving drunk and causing the fatal crash overnight.
“Noel Pastora was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota westbound in the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway, west of Locust Avenue, in Oakdale when his vehicle struck an eastbound sedan at 1:49 a.m.,” police said. “The driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene and his identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.”
The accident scene was near Exit 48 in the vicinity of Starbucks, Giunta's Meat Farms and Capital One Bank.
Pastora, 56, of 140 Front St., Apt. 2, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He is being held at the Fifth Precinct in Patchogue and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.