A Medford man was killed Saturday after a van driver, who authorities said was high on drugs, allegedly ran a red light and slammed into the victim’s motorcycle, Suffolk County police said.
The fatal crash occurred at 7:15 a.m. on Sept. 28 when a 2007 Chevrolet Express van allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Highway and Johnson Avenue. As the van continued westbound, it struck a motorcycle and three other vehicles, police said.
The motorcycle driver, Christopher White, 44, of Medford, died of his injuries at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Police said four of the occupants in the other three cars were also injured. They were treated at local hospitals and released.
According to Newsday, White was headed to nearby MacArthur Airport when his motorcycle was struck. The newspaper reported that he volunteered with a local veterans group, Boots on the Ground NY, and was headed to help send off a group of World War II veterans on a planned trip. Representatives from the non-profit organization posted condolence messages on social media sites.
Detectives arrested the van’s driver, Paul Porrini, 55, of Selden, after the crash. He was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and is expected to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.
The investigation remains underway, police said. Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call the Vehicular Crimes Unit at 631-852-6555 or anonymously call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.