An 84-year-old woman was killed when an alleged drunken driver crashed into the car she was driving in her hometown of Central Islip over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.

Charles Koukalenios, 29, of East Islip, was driving his Chevrolet Camaro northbound on Carleton Avenue when he crossed into opposite lane of traffic and crashed into a southbound Buick Century near Spur Drive North at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Koukalenios and the other driver, by Mary Rogalle, were taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead and he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Koukalenios was charged with driving while intoxicated. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.

Vehicular Crimes Unit detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or has information about this incident, to call them at 631-852-6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.



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