Man arrested on drugs, weapons charges following a fatal crash in Medford: Suffolk Police

MEDFORD, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Suffolk County Police arrested a Coram man on drugs and weapons charges following a motor vehicle crash in Medford that killed a Yaphank man.

The crash happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Station Road and County Road 101 (Sills Road), one block south of Horseblock Road (County Route 16), in Medford. Police announced the details late Sunday evening.

Malcolm Stewart, 29, of Coram was driving a 2014 Mercedes-Benz northbound on County Road 101 when he allegedly drove through a red light, according to police.

Police said Stewart’s vehicle struck a 2021 Chevrolet, driven by James Palumbo, 56, of Yaphank. Palumbo was traveling southbound, making a left turn onto Station Road.


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Stewart was in possession of a .45 caliber handgun and narcotics when officers arrived, police said.

Palumbo was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue where he was pronounced dead. Stewart and his passenger, Savanna Steinbach, 23, of Shirley, were both transported to Long Island Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Major Case Unit detectives charged Stewart with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. Steinbach was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. They are scheduled for arraignment at a later date.

Detectives ask anyone with information on the crash to contact the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555.

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