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Driver Sentenced for Fatal Crash at 119 mph that Killed a 9-Year-Old Child

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In a tragic incident that occurred in Brooklyn, a man has been sentenced to up to 13.5 years in prison for causing the death of a 9-year-old boy in a vehicular accident while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The collision, which took place on the Long Island Expressway in Farmingville, saw the intoxicated driver reaching perilous speeds of up to 119 miles per hour.

The catastrophe unfolded around 1:49 a.m. on August 22, when 32-year-old Travis Dickson, operating his 2018 BMW 540i, violently struck the rear of a 2019 Toyota Corolla. Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney confirmed that Dickson made no effort to avoid the collision. The impact resulted in severe injuries to Angel Salas, a 9-year-old from Deer Park, who was seated in a booster seat in the targeted vehicle.

Angel’s condition was critical following the accident. Attempts to save his life were made as he was promptly transported to Stony Brook University Hospital. Despite immediate medical attention, Angel was declared brain dead two days after the crash and later taken off life support. His organs were subsequently donated.

The District Attorney underscored the gravity of driving under the influence. “Drunk and drug-impaired drivers not only pose a serious threat to public safety but also cause devastating accidents that often lead to the loss of innocent lives,” Tierney stated.

Source: New York Post

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