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State police: Driver in fatal wrong-way crash on Sunken Meadow charged with DWI

Police say Joseph Norris, of Babylon, was behind the wheel of a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado traveling south in the northbound lanes on Nov. 20 when he slammed into a Mazda driven by 44-year-old Anthony Mariano, who died.

News 12 Staff

Nov 30, 2020, 7:56 PM

Updated 1,297 days ago

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State police say the driver in a fatal wrong-way crash on the Sunken Meadow State Parkway is being charged with DWI.
Police say Joseph Norris, of Babylon, was behind the wheel of a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado traveling south in the northbound lanes on Nov. 20 when he slammed into a Mazda driven by 44-year-old Anthony Mariano, who died.
State troopers say they got a call for an incident around 7:30 p.m. in Commack, near exit SM3. Norris was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.
News 12 spoke to Mariano's fiancée, who was planning their wedding that had been delayed until 2021 due to COVID-19.
Christine Azzolini says she became worried when Mariano didn't show up for dinner the night of the crash. The last time they spoke, he was leaving his brother's house in West Islip and was supposed to pick up a pizza.
She says her fiancé was full of life and fun and was a popular history teacher at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens.


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