Police: Boat operator charged with BWI in deadly Mattituck crash

The operator of the boat that was involved in a deadly Mattituck crash is facing boating while intoxicated charges, according to police.

News 12 Staff

Nov 11, 2019, 10:31 AM

Updated 1,660 days ago

Share:

The boat operator in a fatal boat crash Sunday night in Mattituck has been charged with BWI.
Police say 48-year-old Frank DiStefano, of East Northport, was the intoxicated driver. He slammed a 39-foot boat into a bulk head. Police say the accident happened in the area of James Creek near the end of Old Salt Road.
The crash killed 27-year-old Kelley Blanchard, of Riverhead. Three other people, including DiStefano, were seriously injured in the crash. Nick Soulas, of Jamesport, and Megan Blanchard, of New Suffolk, were also seriously injured in the crash.
DiStefano's arraignment will take place at a later date, and the Suffolk DA is assisting with the investigation to find out how fast the boat was going.
People in the home nearby told News 12 they heard a boom when the crash happened.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Blanchard:  For Kelley Blanchard.
 


More from News 12
1:57
Report: Potential ISIS-linked threat made against Cricket World Cup at Eisenhower Park

Report: Potential ISIS-linked threat made against Cricket World Cup at Eisenhower Park

1:39
Scattered showers for Wednesday evening into Thursday; sunshine returns Friday

Scattered showers for Wednesday evening into Thursday; sunshine returns Friday

3:17
Lead prosecutor in Robert Durst murder trial vacationed at Hamptons home of killer’s widow

Lead prosecutor in Robert Durst murder trial vacationed at Hamptons home of killer’s widow

2:02
Officials: Nassau County police respond to 'police incident' on Old Country Road

Officials: Nassau County police respond to 'police incident' on Old Country Road

2:23
EXCLUSIVE: Priest set to be deported as years-old green card application awaits review

EXCLUSIVE: Priest set to be deported as years-old green card application awaits review

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

1:34
Family of suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer able to return home following nearly weeklong search

Family of suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer able to return home following nearly weeklong search

0:23
Ex-NYPD officer sentenced to time served for menacing in connection to friend’s death

Ex-NYPD officer sentenced to time served for menacing in connection to friend’s death

0:17
Police: 19-year-old man killed, 1 other critically injured in Stony Brook crash

Police: 19-year-old man killed, 1 other critically injured in Stony Brook crash

2:15
Long Islanders search for cricket stars at practice in Hicksville ahead of World Cup

Long Islanders search for cricket stars at practice in Hicksville ahead of World Cup

2:23
West Babylon School District holds budget workshop after spending plan fails

West Babylon School District holds budget workshop after spending plan fails

0:37
Elevated bacteria levels prompt bathing advisories at dozens of Long Island beaches

Elevated bacteria levels prompt bathing advisories at dozens of Long Island beaches

0:27
Food trucks to stay on Nassau Community College campus through end of June

Food trucks to stay on Nassau Community College campus through end of June

1:47
Made on Long Island: Talise Home in Miller Place

Made on Long Island: Talise Home in Miller Place

2:27
Nassau County family awarded Purple Heart for their late Navy veteran relative

Nassau County family awarded Purple Heart for their late Navy veteran relative

2:03
Adelphi men's lacrosse team returns to Long Island as champions following NCAA Division II win

Adelphi men's lacrosse team returns to Long Island as champions following NCAA Division II win

0:22
Car crash in Flower Hill injures 6, 1 critically

Car crash in Flower Hill injures 6, 1 critically

1:58
Paws & Pals: These 5 dogs are available for adoption with Paws of War

Paws & Pals: These 5 dogs are available for adoption with Paws of War

0:46
Bruce Springsteen postpones several European shows due to vocal issues

Bruce Springsteen postpones several European shows due to vocal issues

0:22
Man wanted for armed robbery of Dunkin' in East Meadow

Man wanted for armed robbery of Dunkin' in East Meadow