Farmingdale teen charged with DWI

October 8, 2011 1:35:15 PM PDT
Investigators on Long Island have determined that alcohol played a role in a car accident that sent five teens to the hospital this morning.

Police say Matthew Ross, 17, of Farmingdale, was driving southbound on Route 110 at around 1:45 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and collided with another vehicle at an intersection in East Farmingdale.

According to police reports, the driver of the second vehicle, Tatiana Jennings, 23, was stopped at the intersection of Route 110 and Allen Boulevard waiting to make a U-turn when she was struck from behind.

Javior Rivera, 16, who was riding on the passenger side with Ross, was seriously injured in the crash and was transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

Two more passengers in Ross' vehicle, Nicole Fiordicono, 17, and Amanda Horn, 19, along with Jennings and her passenger, 21-year-old Joy Robinson, were also treated at NUMC for minor injuries.

Ross and a fouth passenger in his vehicle, Onofrio Cottone, 19, were transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip.

After a police investigation, Mathew Ross was charged with DWI.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.