An alleged drunken driver was arrested for causing a crash that killed a 56-year-old woman in the victim’s hometown of Huntington Station on Sunday night, Suffolk County police said.

Ryan Gurecki
Ryan Gurecki

Ryan Gurecki, 34, of Lindenhurst, was driving a Ford Explorer westbound on Jericho Turnpike when he struck a Ford Escape stopped at a red light that was waiting to make a left turn onto Route 110 at 9:23 p.m.

The three people in the Escape were taken to Huntington Hospital, where Karen Holden died from her injuries. Her 57-year-old husband who was driving the Escape, William Holden, and her 23-year-old son, Robert Holden, were admitted to the same hospital in stable condition.

A third vehicle, a Honda Odyssey that was also waiting to make a left turn onto Route 110, was sideswiped by Gurecki’s Explorer, police said. That driver was not injured.

Gurecki was charged with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Major Case Unit detectives impounded all three vehicles. They are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-852-6555.

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