Commack - (WALK) A Commack woman is dead and Suffolk teen is accused of driving while under the influence of drugs in a fatal car-crash Tuesday afternoon in Commack.
James Murphy, 19, of Highland Court, Huntington, was behind the wheel when his SUV sideswiped a car on Commack Road, then crashed into a car driven by Herta Palma, 63, near the intersection at Hauppauge Road shortly before 3:30 p.m., according to Suffolk Police. Palma, of Commack, was pronounced dead at Huntington Hospital.
Murphy (photo) and a female passenger in his1998 Chevrolet Blazer were treated for minor injuries at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown.
Murphy was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, and scheduled to be arraigned New Years Day at First District Court in Central Islip.
Photo: Suffolk Police