A Manhattan mom accused of driving drunk with her two children in the vehicle fled the scene of two accidents on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway Tuesday afternoon before slamming into a guardrail and overturning her Jeep Cherokee, Nassau County police said.
Megan Pieroni, 38, faces several charges, including driving while intoxicated and two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated, under Leandra’s Law.
Her 5-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter, one of whom suffered a minor arm injury, were treated at a local hospital and released to the care of family members, police said.
Pieroni, who injured her arm, remained in the hospital for observation, police said.
Pieroni, according to police, was driving a 2008 Jeep Cherokee southbound on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway at Exit 12 around 3:05 p.m. when she was involved in an accident and allegedly left the scene. Several minutes later, she got into another accident near Exit 7 that resulted in the other driver sustaining a minor injury, and she fled the scene a second time, police said.
At around 3:10 p.m. Pieroni lost control of the Jeep near Exit 3, slammed into a guardrail on the shoulder and overturned the SUV, police said.
Responding Highway Patrol officers detected alcohol on her breath and said that she was slurring her words and had red, bloodshot eyes, police said. A breathalyzer test conducted at the scene produced a positive result, police said, though they did not release a blood-alcohol level.
Pieroni was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and leaving the scene of an accident. An arraignment date has not been set. Police said she’ll have her first court appearance “when practical.”