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Centerport Man Arrested for DWI after Motor Vehicle Crash


A motor vehicle crash injured two people early this morning. Photo by Steve Silverman.

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Centerport man for driving while intoxicated after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a passenger in his vehicle, early this morning at 1 a.m. on Broadway north of Jericho Turnpike, Huntington.

Richard Heiser, 31, was driving his 2005 Chevrolet truck eastbound on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington when he made a left turn onto Broadway, lost control of the vehicle and struck two utility poles at approximately 1 a.m. today. Jennifer Todero, 34, the only passenger in Heiser’s vehicle, suffered a serious injury to her leg. Todero, of 24 Bankside Drive, Centerport, was transported to Huntington Hospital, and then transferred to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where she was admitted in serious condition.

The Huntington Manor Fire Department responded to the accident with an engine and three heavy rescue trucks, under the command of First Assistant Chief Fred Steenson, Jr, supported by Assistant Chiefs Frank McQuade and Mike DePasquale.

Firefighters used heavy rescue extrication tools to free the female passenger who was trapped in the wrecked vehicle. The Huntington Community First Aid Squad assisted by the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps, transported the two injured patients to Huntington Hospital.

Heiser, 31, of 24 Bankside Drive, was also transported to Huntington Hospital with minor injuries. Following an investigation by Second Squad detectives, he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing.

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2 comments to Centerport Man Arrested for DWI after Motor Vehicle Crash

  • dui

    Finding criminal record information is something that you might want to do if you know that some has a questionable background and you want to find out more. The good news is that as long as that person was involved in criminal activity over the age of 18, there are public records on file that can include court records for offenses such as arrests, DWI’s, assault, restraining orders and more. A person doesn’t need to have gone to jail to have a criminal history.

    • Jennifer

      I am Jennifer Todero, the woman who’s mentioned in this article. Glad to say I’m alive and well. My leg doesn’t work anymore snd my knee joint is fixed but I have my life. Richard (Cody) and I have persevered and continue to love one another. We have not drank alcohol since and probably never will again.

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