Selden Teen Charged With DWI in Fatal Hit-and-run Crash

A teenager was arrested for allegedly driving drunk, causing a crash that killed a 31-year-old Coram man and fleeing the scene in Port Jefferson Station on Sunday night, Suffolk County police said.

Danny Bonilla Zavala
Danny Bonilla Zavala

Danny Bonilla Zavala, 19, of Selden, was driving a Nissan Maxima southbound on Route 112 when he crashed into a Toyota Corolla near Sagamore Hills Drive and ran away at 5:10 p.m., police said.

The other driver, Bob Hidalgo, was pronounced dead at the scene. His 30-year-old wife, Taisha, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

An officer apprehended the suspect shortly later. He was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson for treatment of minor injuries.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. Police said he also gave investigators a false name. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip today.

Major Case Unit detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-852-6555.

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