Woman dies following Farmingville crash involving alleged drunk driver


FARMINGVILLE, LONG ISLAND, NY – A Long Island woman who was severely injured last month in a car crash involving an alleged drunk driver passed away over the weekend, WABC reports.

31-year-old Erika Bautista of Farmingville and her three young daughters were injured in the incident that occurred on Sept. 25 at about 5:06 p.m.

According to investigators, the family’s Honda had broken down in the right lane of County Route 83 near South Bicycle Path in Farmingville when it was struck from behind by a northbound Jeep driven by 36-year-old Christopher Montpetit of Shirley.

Batista, who was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital after the wreck, died on Saturday. Two of her daughters, ages 4 and 8, were seriously injured, while a third daughter, age 10, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. No information was released on their current condition.

Montpetit, who initially faced misdemeanor DWI charges, went before a judge Monday at a hearing in Suffolk County Court. The charges against him are likely to be upgraded following Bautista’s death, WABC reports.

Montpetit is expected to make his next court appearance on Nov. 9.

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