FLANDERS - A nurse is accused of driving high in a crash that killed her 80-year-old stepfather.
Police say Claudette Stephens veered across Route 24 at Long Neck Boulevard and hit another vehicle head-on. John Loetscher was in the back seat of Stephens' vehicle and was killed. Stephens' 16-year-old son and the other driver were also injured.
Stephens is charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs. She was arraigned at her hospital bedside.
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Loetscher's family say he was a decorated Navy veteran and a retired LILCO employee.
"He had a good heart, he was a good man," says Rita Resling-Loetscher, the victim's sister.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Southampton Town detectives at 631-702-2230.