Driver arrested in fatal multi-car crash on Long Island

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SHIRLEY, N.Y.  – Police say one person is dead and at least six are hurt after a four-car collision in Long Island Tuesday evening.

Suffolk County police say it happened on the William Floyd Parkway in Shirley about 9:51 p.m. Tuesday.

Cops say 31-year-old Kendell Owens was driving a 2005 Infiniti G35 eastbound on Montauk Highway when his car struck a 2006 Chryslter Sebring, driven by 45-year-old Richard Garcia who was traveling northbound on William Floyd Parkway.

Garcia was taken by an ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Alyssa Toth, 23, of Mastic was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze northbound on William Floyd Parkway behind Garcia's car and crashed into his car after the initial collision, according to police. She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Authorities say 37-year-old Xavier Patino of Queens who was driving a 2011 BMW X6 westbound on Montauk Highway and was struck by the first two cars. Patino and his four passengers, including an infant boy and two-year-old girl were taken to a local hospital where they were checked out and later released.

Owens was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting a fatality, police said. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Owens will be arraigned later Wednesday in Islip.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crash to contact 631-852-6555.