4 pedestrians were injured by a suspected drunk driver at South Long Beach Avenue and West Merrick Road on May 27.
Vehicle Drives Onto Sidewalk, Injuring 4 Pedestrians
Four pedestrians were hit by a suspected drunk driver after his vehicle drove up onto a sidewalk in Freeport on Monday, May 27. Those injured included two adults and two children.
According to the police, 66-year-old Mitchell Messling lost control of his vehicle while driving along West Merrick Road near the intersection with South Long Beach Avenue on Monday afternoon. He allegedly crashed into a woman, her boyfriend, and two children who were all walking on the sidewalk. The two children were ages 9 and 11.
Court documents say that police at the scene reported that Messling had glassy eyes and slurred speech. He took a Breathalyzer test nearly two hours after the crash and his blood alcohol level measured at 0.17. Messling also allegedly told police at the scene, “I had one drink, it was vodka Sprite.”
All of the victims were listed in stable condition as of Tuesday. The 11-year-old was airlifted to Cohen Children’s Medical Center and treated for a concussion and broken arm.
Messling has been charged with DWI and assault and his license has been suspended.
To read about another accident where a pedestrian was struck by a suspected drunk driver, click here: Boston, Massachusetts – 3 People Injured After Suspected Drunk Driver Allegedly Strikes Them in Crosswalk