Young family seriously hurt after struck by alleged DWI driver

The crash occurred Friday on northbound County Route 83 (Patchogue-Mount Sinai Road), north of South Bicycle Path, in Farmingville, NY.

FARMINGVILLE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — A horrific scene played out in Farmingville as a Shirley man – allegedly driving while intoxicated according to Suffolk County Police – smashed into the rear of a car with a mother and her young children inside.

Just after midnight Saturday, the Suffolk County Police Department officially announced the arrest of Chris Montpetit, 36, of Shirley for alleged DWI following the crash that police said seriously injured another driver and her children.

Here is how the accident happened shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, according to police.

Erika Bautista, 31, of Farmingville, and her three daughters were inside their 2015 Honda, which had become disabled in the right lane of northbound County Route 83 (Patchogue-Mount Sinai Road), north of South Bicycle Path, police said. The area is near Bald Hill and Suffolk County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, which is highly visible with the tall sharply sloping pyramid painted as the American flag.

Montpetit came up behind them as he drove a 2018 Jeep, which crashed into the rear of the family’s vehicle at 5:06 p.m., according to police.

The mother and her three daughters – ages 4, 8 and 10 – were rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital. All but the 10-year-old had serious injuries, police said.

Montpetit was arrested at the scene for alleged DWI, according to police. He is being held at the Sixth Precinct in Selden and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday.

According to court records, Montpetit refused to take a breath test.


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