A man was arrested for allegedly driving while high on drugs and causing a crash that killed a 56-year-old motorcyclist in Coram, Suffolk County police said.

Sabelo Ndala
Sabelo Ndala

Sabelo Ndala, 22, of Port Jefferson Station, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta southbound on Old Town Road when he struck a northbound Harley Davidson while Ndala was making a left turn onto Hyson Way at 1:55 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The motorcyclist, Thomas Heissen Buttel, of South Setauket, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Ndala, who was not injured, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Both vehicles were for safety checks. Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-852-6555.

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