Police say driver ran red light before fatal Medford collision


MEDFORD, LONG ISLAND, NY – Police on Long Island have released new details on a crash that killed a driver over the weekend, according to Newsday.

A Chevrolet and a Mercedes-Benz were involved in the collision in the area of County Road 101 and Station Road in Medford Sunday at about 12:30 p.m.

Investigators have determined that the driver of the Mercedes, 29-year-old Malcolm Stewart of Coram, was going north on County Road 101 when he failed to stop at a red light. His vehicle struck a Chevrolet that was making a left turn at the intersection.

The Chevrolet driver, 56-year-old James Palumbo of Yaphank, died of his injuries at Long Island Community Hospital. Stewart and his passenger, 23-year-old Savanna Steinbach of Shirley, were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Police have disclosed that Stewart was being followed at the time by an officer in a marked patrol vehicle after the Mercedes was spotted being driven in a suspicious manner.  Investigators said Stewart made a U-turn in the middle of a road and drove through a stop sign.

News 12 Long Island reported that Stewart and Steinbach were charged with drug possession following the accident. Stewart also faced a weapons charge after police say a handgun was found in his possession.

Palumbo’s family said that he was out running errands when the crash occurred.

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