FARMINGVILLE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The horrific crash along County Route 83 in Farmingville last September that led to the serious injuries of a mother and her three children—injuries that ultimately led to the mother’s death several weeks later—has now resulted in a homicide charge.
On Wednesday, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini announced the indictment of a Shirley man for allegedly driving while intoxicated and killing the woman and injuring the children.
Chris D. Montpetit, 36, is charged with two counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a B felony; Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a C felony; four counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, a C felony; Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a D felony; three counts of Assault in the Second Degree, a D felony; and three counts of Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree, an E felony, the DA announced. Montpetit is also charged with Aggravated DWI, two counts of DWI, and Reckless Driving, which are all unclassified misdemeanors, the DA added.
“Driving drunk is completely inexcusable, especially in this day and age where you can hail a ride home with the push of a button,” Sini said. “Three young girls are now without a mother because of the reckless, senseless actions of this defendant. We will do everything in our power to hold him accountable and to seek justice in this case.”
OnSachem News reported, at approximately 5:06 p.m. on Sept. 25, Montpetit was driving a 2018 Jeep Cherokee northbound on County Route 83 (Patchogue-Mount Sinai Road), north of South Bicycle Path in Farmingville when he struck the rear of a 2015 Honda Civic, which had become disabled in the right lane and had its hazard lights engaged.
The occupants of the Honda, Erika Bautista, 31, of Farmingville, and her three daughters were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious physical injuries.
Erika Bautista died from her injuries on Oct. 11, as OnSachem News reported.
Following the crash, Montpetit was arrested by Suffolk County Police officers and transported to the Sixth Precinct in Selden, where he refused to submit to a chemical test of his blood, according to Sini.
The District Attorney’s Office secured a warrant for a chemical test of Montpetit’s blood that revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.28 percent, Sini said.
Montpetit was arraigned on the indictment on Wednesday in front of Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice William Condon and posted bond in the amount of $500,000. He is due back in court on Jan. 6, 2021. If convicted of the top count, Montpetit faces a maximum sentence of eight and one-third to 25 years in prison.
The community is raising money through GoFundMe to support the Bautista family with funeral expenses and medical bills.