Man charged with DWI after crash in Bohemia leaves woman seriously injured

OAKDALE, N.Y. (WABC) -- Suffolk County Police have arrested a Holbrook man for allegedly driving while intoxicated following a two-vehicle crash that seriously injured a woman in Bohemia early Sunday morning.

Police say James Hober was driving a 1999 Volkswagen eastbound on Sunrise Highway, west of Locust Avenue, when his vehicle struck the rear of a 2005 Chevrolet minivan, driven by Richard Mascia. The minivan then crashed into a guardrail and overturned.

A passenger in the minivan, JoAnne Barbato, 49, of Centereach, was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment of serious head, chest and arm injuries. Mascia, 51, of Holbrook, was also transported to Southside Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Hober, 59, of 1457 Claas Ave., who was uninjured, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.

Both vehicles were impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing and detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash and has not been interviewed to contact the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.
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