Babylon man arraigned in Great South Bay boat crash

CENTRAL ISLIP - A Babylon man was arraigned today on a boating while intoxicated charge in connection with a two-boat collision yesterday.

Police say 48-year-old Brian Swezey was drunk when he crashed his boat into another vessel off Captree Island at around 3:15 a.m., injuring six people.

Swezey pleaded not guilty to the charge today.

Among the victims of the collision were Village of Saltaire administrator Mario Posillico, his wife, their three children and a family friend, who were returning by boat to Fire Island.

Five of the victims suffered non life-threatening injuries. Posillico's 19-year-old daughter Michelle was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with internal injuries. Doctors say her condition has worsened since last night and is now listed as critical.

Prosecutors say Swezey has had two prior convictions of driving while impaired in 2000 and 1997.

Today, a judge suspended Swezey's driver's license for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test. Swezey's next court appearance has been scheduled for July 20.

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