LONG ISLAND (PIX11)—A Long Island man was arrested after he crashed his vehicle behind another, prompting a chain reaction that caused the car to overturn and hit a utility pole killing the driver.
According to authorities, 31-year-old Michael Grasing was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash on the Montauk Highway in Copiague at about 10:40 p.m. Sunday. Grasing was behind the wheel of a 2004 Nissan driving westbound on Montauk Highway near Buena Vista Boulevard when he hit the back of a car driven by 18-year-old Brittany Walsh of Lindenhurst, according to police.
Grasing was arrested and charged with a DWI; paramedics took him to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with minor injuries.
Walsh is reportedly a recent graduate of Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School where she graduated with an Advanced Regents diploma.
Police are still investigating the circumstances of the fatal accident.