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Long Island Woman Escapes Fatal DUI Accident Using Public Safety Vehicle

Car accident in Hempstead

In a tragic incident on Tuesday evening in Massapequa, Long Island, a 21-year-old woman has been accused of causing a fatal car accident while driving under the influence of alcohol. Rachel Lodice, driving a Kia, collided with a Nissan Altima resulting in the death of its 64-year-old driver and injuring a 46-year-old passenger, the authorities reported.

The collision occurred at approximately 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Hicksville Road and Sunrise Highway. The deadly impact directly led to the death of the 64-year-old woman, who was operating the Nissan. She was taken swiftly to a local hospital but unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at 7:34 p.m. on the same day.

Adding to the chaos of the crash scene, Lodice allegedly commandeered a Town of Oyster Bay Public Safety vehicle that had arrived in response to the crash. She briefly fled the scene before law enforcement was able to apprehend her a short time later. Officials successfully tracked the stolen vehicle and deactivated it remotely, slowing down and ultimately ending the unauthorized use of the public safety vehicle.

Lodice is now facing multiple serious charges, including second-degree vehicular manslaughter, third-degree grand larceny, leaving the scene of an accident with death, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. She had her arraignment the following day in Nassau County District Court located in Hempstead.

Source: New York Daily News

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