Drunk Driver Kills 4 In NY Wine Country

CUTCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) -

A Long Island man was charged on Sunday with drunk driving after his pickup truck crashed into a limousine carrying eight women, killing four.

The group, friends since high school now in their 20s, was returning from a nearby winery on Saturday. Their driver was making a U-turn when the truck slammed into them. Police Chief Martin Flatley called it “one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen.”

The pickup driver, Steven Romeo, was arraigned at his hospital bedside. He said he hit the brakes but could not stop in time. Romeo ran from the crash scene, but was caught and arrested.

Steven Baruch choked up as he spoke about his daughter, Lauren. “We loved her more than anything,” he said. “Now I’ve got to bury my daughter.”