A 55-year-old Long Island man pleaded not guilty Sunday to driving while intoxicated after his pickup truck crashed into a limousine carrying eight young women, killing four, law enforcement officials said.
The group -- friends since high school now in their 20s -- was returning from a nearby winery on Long Island's East End on Saturday afternoon.
According to The Suffolk Times, Steven Romeo owns a local marine contracting company called Romeo Dimon Marine service. He was also involved in another fatal accident in January 2014, when a bucket fell off a skid-steer loader, operated by Romeo, killed a 30-year-old worker.
Romeo was arraigned at his hospital bed and is being held on a $500,000 cash, $1 million bond. He will appear in court again on Saturday.
Two others, including the bride, were seriously injured after the limousine they traveling in was hit by a sport utility vehicle on the eastern end of Long Island.
A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the SUV, driven by Mr. Romeo, T-boned the limo along Route 48 in Cutchogue.
The crash happened around 530 p.m. Saturday in Cutchogue on the North Fork of Long Island.
Limousines are common in the area for people visiting the numerous wineries there.
The identities of the Cutchogue crash victims are: Brittany Schulman, 23, of Smithtown; Lauren Baruch, 24, of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park; and Amy Grabina, 23, of Commack were killed in the wreck.
Injured in the crash were Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood; Melissa Angela Crai, 23, of Scarsdale; Alicia Arundel, 24, of Setauket; and Olga Lipets, 24, of Brooklyn. The limousine’s driver, Carlos Pino, 58, of Bethpage was also injured.