Steven Kinalis
Steven Kinalis

An admitted drugged driver who caused a two-vehicle crash that killed a 5-year-old boy in Shirley two years ago was sentenced Monday to 5 ½ to 16 ½ years in prison.

Steven Kinalis had pleaded guilty last month at Suffolk County court to vehicular homicide, manslaughter, reckless driving and driving while impaired by drugs.

Prosecutors have said the 32-year-old Ronkonkoma man was driving a Toyota Scion while high on a combination of the painkiller Oxycodone and other prescription drugs when he rear-ended a Dodge pickup truck on Sunrise Highway on Dec. 10, 2011.

The truck, driven by 38-year-old Kevin Gaffney of West Islip, was pushed off the roadway and struck a tree just east of William Floyd Parkway, killing Gaffney’s son, John.

Gaffney’s wife, 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son suffered minor injuries in the crash.


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