WOODBURY - An accused drunken driver had his charges upgraded Thursday for a crash that killed his passenger in Deer Park.
Stephan Harbison, of Coram, was arraigned on new felony grand jury charges. Prosecutors say Harbison's blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit when he slammed into a tree on Straight Path in January.
Passenger Hamzah Abdul-Hakim, of Wyandanch, died in the crash. Another passenger, Ismail Latif, was ejected from the vehicle. Latif sustained a traumatic brain injury, but has since been released from the hospital.
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The grand jury additionally charged Harbison with insurance fraud and perjury, as well as vehicular assault, vehicular manslaughter, and DWI. He was not able to post $400,000 after pleading not guilty.
Harbison is being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead.
He is due back in court later this month.