A drunk driver who was arrested after plowing into a limo carrying eight young women (killing four of them) on Long Island was involved in another fatal accident in January of 2014.
According to the Daily Mail, Steve Romeo was operating a skid steer loader at work last year when a bucket fell from the truck and killed 30-year-old Andrew Leone.
Although the 54-year-old was not found at fault for the 2014 death, he has been charged with driving while intoxicated as well as fleeing the scene of the Cutchogue, N.Y., crash that occurred on July 18. He has since pleaded "not guilty."
(Photo Credit: The Suffolk Times)
The women, who were originally said to be enjoying a bachelorette party, were actually celebrating a birthday party. One of the survivors is a bride-to-be, which may account for the initial mix-up.
The limo they were traveling in was attempting to make a U-turn at a blinking traffic signal when Romeo's red truck T-boned the vehicle. Authorities say he hit the brakes right before impact.
A flight-for-life helicopter arriving on the scene. (Photo Credit: The Suffolk Times)
Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley told Newsday that this was "one of the worst accidents" he had ever seen, and that the limo was nearly sheared in half when authorities arrived.
The victims have since been identified as Brittany M. Schulman, 23, of Smithtown, Lauren Baruch, 24, also of Smithtown, Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park, and Amy R. Grabina, 23, of Commack.
The four other women, along with the limo driver, were transported to the hospital with injuries. This is the second fatal crash to occur on Long Island in less than a week.
Photos provided by The Suffolk Times.
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