Suffolk County police told Newsday that Gabrielle Lewis, 22, was traveling north on Wilson Avenue which forms a T-intersection at Montauk Highway, in a 2008 Nissan Altima when she crossed the eastbound and westbound lanes, crossed the sidewalk and parking lot of Ace Hardware and smashed her vehicle through the front window around 12:20 a.m. The intoxicated driver left her car at the scene and had a friend drive her home.
Lewis was arrested at her home and charged with drunken driving and fleeing the scene of an accident. The woman, who was treated for minor injuries, pleaded not guilty at arraignment Monday in First District Court in Central Islip and was released on $2,500 bail, Newsday reported.
In June, Michael Grasing, 34, was convicted of vehicular homicide, manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated (DWI) and failure to stay in a designated lane and speeding after he rear-ended a vehicle being driven by an 18-year-old girl on Montauk Highway on June 24, 2012. Grasing’s blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit when he slammed into back of Brittney Walsh’s car, causing it to flip multiple times. The young woman had graduated from high school two days before the accident, according to Long Island Press.
Grasing is scheduled for arraignment on January 5, 2015. He faces up to 25 years in prison on the homicide conviction, Long Island Press reported.