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DWI Crash at Dark West Hempstead Intersection Leaves 1 Seriously Injured

Traffic signals out at Hempstead Turnpike intersection; one driver was allegedly intoxicated.

Two vehicles collided on Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead early Sunday morning at an intersection where the traffic signals have been out for days due to Hurricane Sandy.

The accident occurred at 3:34 a.m. at the intersection at Westminster Road. Crime scene units were on the scene and at least one person sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to an area hospital.

The other driver was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to a Nassau County Police spokeswoman.

As of 5:30 a.m., Hempstead Turnpike and Westminster Road were closed in all directions for an accident investigation.

This is a developing story. Patch will update as more information becomes available.

Gilmane November 04, 2012 at 01:56 PM
NYS law is that you treat an out or operation traffic light as a stop sign, NO ONE is observing this, and the police are not inforcing it, it is a wonder more accidents aren't happening. Slow down at major intersections and LIVE.
TW November 04, 2012 at 02:52 PM
This story really isn't that surprising. First of all, a DWI. Oh, gee! With the power being out and gas not being delivered, that would drive anyone to drink (number one). And two, a crash at an intersection WITH NO LIGHTS AND NO ONE MONITORING ANYTHING. This was just bound to happen, and frankly, I don't blame the driver at all.
Maria Mirabile November 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
The parents are irresponsible allowing them to be out at that hour of the night. Sometimes you just have deny them the car until they learn better judgment. Parenting is never easy - the alternative is to take the keys away.

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