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Driver charged with DWI after crash kills father, two children on Southern State Parkway

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BAY SHORE, N.Y. -- Three people are dead after an accident on the Southern State Parkway caused one car to burst into flames, state police said.

O'Neil Sharpe, Jr. was driving a 2008 BMW around 1:30 a.m. on the westbound Southern State Parkway near exit 41 when it struck a 2005 Toyota, causing it to become engulfed in flames, according to police. The impact propelled the Toyota into the grassy median that separates traffic.

Sharpe, Jr. fled the scene of the accident and was later arrested at his home in Rockville Center, cops said. He was charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an auto accident.

A Toyota on the Southern State Parkway bursts into flames after it was rear-ended near exit 41, killing an adult and two children. (Photo: Paul Mazza)

A Toyota on the Southern State Parkway bursts into flames after it was rear-ended near exit 41, killing an adult and two children. (Photo: Paul Mazza)

The driver of the Toyota, Ancio Ostane, 37, and two children, 8-year-old Andy Ostane and 4-year-old Sephora Ostane, were trapped in the burning car. They were pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

The woman sitting in the front passenger seat of the Toyota, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped from the car and was treated and released at Southside Hospital with minor injuries.

The Ostanes were on their way home from a family party in Central Islip.

Westbound lanes on the Southern State Parkway reopened after they were closed for hours near exit 41.