An elderly woman was critically injured while walking on Ashford Drive Sunday morning.
Elderly Pedestrian Che Yeung Critically Injured by Alleged Teen Drunk Driver
80-year-old Che Yeung was critically injured after a suspected underage drunk driver struck the woman with her vehicle early Sunday morning. Yeung was struck by a vehicle shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday morning and was hospitalized in critical condition. 17-year-old Christina Burns has been charged driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident with a serious physical injury.
Burns had slept over at a home on Ashford Drive following a house party on Saturday night. Prosecutors say that she admitted to drinking “five sparkling seltzers” at the party the night before the crash, but police believe she had more drinks.
Police believe that Burns left the home at around 6:50 a.m. and that she was allegedly still intoxicated. Her vehicle only traveled two blocks before leaving the road, striking a mailbox, and then driving across a lawn before crashing into Yeung, who was walking along Ashford Drive.
Burns has been accused of leaving the scene of this crash. Roughly 30 minutes later, police say she got into a second crash at the intersection of Route 347 and Route 25 in Nesconset.
Police determined that Burns was involved in both crashes. According to the prosecution, she consented to a field sobriety test and had blood drawn for a toxicology screening.
Burns’ uncle, 50-year-old Francis Rogalle, has been charged with violating Suffolk County’s social host law for allegedly allowing his teenage niece to drink alcohol during a graduation party for his daughter the night before. He faces a $500 fine for a first offense and could potentially be held civilly liable as well.