Huntington Teen Charged with Driving While Impaired Following Crash That Killed Commack Woman
Published on January 2, 2014 · Filed Under Crime
by Dana Klosner
James Murphy, 19, of Huntington, was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs following a car crash that killed a 63 year old Commack woman on New Year’s Eve. Photo SCPD.
(Commack, NY) A Huntington teen was arrested for driving while ability impaired by drugs following a car crash that killed a 63 year old Commack woman on New Year’s Eve in the middle of the afternoon at 3:25 pm.
James Murphy was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer northbound in the left lane on Commack Road when his vehicle sideswiped a 2003 Mercedes that was traveling northbound in the right lane. Murphy’s vehicle then struck a westbound 2003 Hyundai at the intersection of Hauppauge Road.
The driver of the Hyundai, Herta Palma, 63, of Commack, was transported to Huntington Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Murphy and his female passenger were transported to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown where they were treated for minor injuries and released. The driver of the Mercedes, Andrea Linton-Parkes, 50, of Dix Hills, was uninjured.
Murphy, 19, of Huntington, was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. He was arraigned on January 1 at First District Court in Central Islip.