RIVERHEAD - Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota today announced the indictments of two people accused of causing deadly crashes while under the influence of prescription drugs. Steven Kinalis, of Ronkonkoma, was allegedly high on pills when he crashed and killed a 5-year-old boy in Shirley back in December. Kinalis, 40, allegedly had hundreds of prescription pills in his car at the time of the crash, and three different types were detected in his system, police say. Elizabeth Peacock, 45, of Medford, is accused of killing a mother and daughter while on Xanax on New Year's Eve. Prosecutors say Peacock was "absolutely, totally confused" after the crash. "They got into that car, they were using drugs very clearly and they just didn't care," Spota said. Spota says the "rising scourge of driving under the influence of drugs is the biggest public safety emergency on our roads today." He says his office obtained some 700 court orders for cases of driving under the influence in 2011, nearly twice as many as 2006.
Cops: Man high on drugs in fatal Shirley crash