Merrick, NY – Two-Car Accident on Southern State Parkway Takes One Life
Merrick, NY (April 21, 2019) – A North Baldwin man killed a reverend from Long Island while he drove high on drugs on the Southern State Parkway, according to authorities.
According to police, the accident happened after midnight on Friday near Exit 30. The man who caused the accident was identified as 23-year-old Christopher Gomez-Almendarez, who rear-ended an SUV in front of him. The SUV was struck with such force that it went flying into a line of trees.
The man inside the SUV, identified as 69-year-old Reverend Chacko Mammen, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital but tragically passed away due to his injuries while there.
Police arrested Gomez-Almendarez for vehicular manslaughter and driving while impaired by drugs. He admitted that he used drugs before he was involved in the accident.
Police continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the crash.
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