Driver Charged With DWI in Fatal West Hills Crash

A Huntington Station man was charged Tuesday night with driving while intoxicated after a fatal crash in West Hills.

Suffolk County police gave this account:

Leo Flores Gracias was driving a 2017 Honda Accord north on Sweet Hollow Road, south of Chichester Road, when his vehicle crossed into the southbound lanes and struck a 2010 Toyota Prius head on at approximately 8:05 p.m.

A passenger in the back seat of his car, Marlon Nunez, 23, of Huntington Station, was taken to Plainview Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Flores Gracias was airlifted by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Two other passengers in the Honda were transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Toyota, Giorgi Patarkalashvili, 25, of Brooklyn, was taken to Huntington Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Flores Gracias, 26,  was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He will be arraigned at a later date.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-

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