2009-02-13 / Top Stories

100 Pct Cop Critical After MVA

An NYPD sergeant driving to work was seriously injured after his SUV was hit head-on by a drunken driver on the Southern State Parkway, according to police.

Sergeant Greg Piquette, who works out of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, fractured his hips, his right leg and right ankle when his car was hit by an SUV that jumped the divider last Sunday night, police said.

The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., reported police, when the drunk driver lost control of his 2003 Pontiac Montana SUV heading eastbound, hitting the median guardrail and sending the car into the air, crossing into the westbound lanes.

Piquette's 2005 Chevrolet Suburban was then struck shortly after exit 21, Nassau Road, of the Southern State Parkway, police sources further stated.

The driver, Long Island resident L. Toledo-Alvarado, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated vehicular assault, as well as reckless endangerment. He was airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center with a collapsed lung and a fractured leg. He was arraigned on the charges in the hospital. Both men became trapped in their vehicle after the accident, requiring rescue from the Uniondale Fire Department.

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