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SCPD: Brentwood Man Arrested for DWAI After Two People Seriously Injured in Five-Car Crash

Charles Healy, 56, was driving on the LIE when he struck another vehicle, causing a five-car collision and two injuries, officials say.

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SCPD have arrested Charles Healy of Brentwood, 56, in connection with a five-vehicle crash in Hauppauge on Friday, November 3.

Photo by: Suffolk County Police Department

Hauppauge, NY - November 6, 2017 - Suffolk County Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a five-vehicle crash that seriously injured two people in Hauppauge on Friday, November 3, 2017 at approximately 11:52 p.m.
Charles Healy was driving a 2010 Dodge Pickup eastbound on the Long Island Expressway (LIE) between exits 56 and 57 when his vehicle struck a 2016 Mazda rental car at approximately 11:52 p.m. The collision caused the driver of the Mazda, Jerzy Grochowicz, to crash the vehicle into a 2017 Subaru being operated by Brian Garcia, whose vehicle then struck a 2017 Jeep driven by Eric Veilleux, whose vehicle in turn crashed into a 2016 Subaru driven by Siobhan Atkinson.
Grochowicz, 54, and his wife Malgorzata Grochowicz, 55, of Hamilton, Ontario, who was a passenger in the Mazda, were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where they were both treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Garcia, 25, of Brentwood, was transported to Southside Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Healy, 56, of West Islip, was transported to St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center in Smithtown for treatment of minor injuries and released. Veilleux, 45, of Medford, and Atkinson, 58, of Hauppauge, refused medical treatment at the scene.
Healy was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by the Combination of Drugs and Alcohol. He is being held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment today at First District Court in Central Islip.
The investigation is continuing, and three of the vehicles, the 2010 Dodge, 2016 Mazda, and 2017 Subaru, were impounded for safety checks.
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