Teen charged with DWI, injuring two firefighters

A teenager was charged with driving drunk and critically injuring two West Islip firefighters Thursday. Fire Chief Michael Delgado said Thomas Devlin, 19, and Joseph Ortiz, 18, were on the overnight

News 12 Staff

Jul 19, 2007, 9:43 PM

Updated 6,209 days ago

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A teenager was charged with driving drunk and critically injuring two West Islip firefighters Thursday.
Fire Chief Michael Delgado said Thomas Devlin, 19, and Joseph Ortiz, 18, were on the overnight shift when they took an early break to go to the 7-Eleven for a Slurpee. The firefighters were leaving the West Islip Fire Department on Higbie Lane and Union Boulevard around 1 a.m., police said, when 17-year-old Jillian Lazinsky, of West Islip, hit them crossing the street.
According to police, Lazinsky left the scene of the accident and was found several blocks away. In a statement, Lazinsky said she had four cans of beer that night, police said. Lazinsky wrote, "It was very foggy outside, so I was trying to control the windshield wipers and the defroster, but I wasn't doing a good job."
Lazinsky's lawyer said the honor-roll student has a learner's permit and planned to take her road test next week.
Lazinsky is charged with leaving the scene of an incident with injuries and driving while intoxicated.


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