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Update: Driver in crash charged with DWAI


UPDATE (7:15 p.m.): State police have charged the driver who struck two pedestrians on Sunrise Highway this morning with driving while ability impaired by drugs. 

Ulyana Yaremko, 20, of Hampton Bays, was traveling eastbound in the left lane when she lost control of the 2007 Pontiac and skidded sideways, striking two pedestrians who had parked their Jeep Grand Cherokee on the south shoulder to observe a small brush fire, police said. The two victims who were struck were identified as Crystal Hayes, 34, of East Hampton and Christopher King, 38, of East Hampton.

Ms. Hayes was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in serious but stable condition, police said. Mr. King was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Ms. Yaremko was treated and released at Southampton Hospital and was then arrested. She will be held pending arraignment in Southampton Court.

Eastbound Sunrise Highway was closed for approximately four hours, police said.

Original Story:
Two pedestrians who had pulled over on Sunrise Highway Saturday morning to record video of a nearby brush fire were struck by a vehicle heading eastbound, according to a New York State Police official.

The accident occurred east of exit 64 at approximately 11:49 a.m. on Route 27, which borders Flanders and East Quogue.

The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle and hit both pedestrians on the shoulder of the road, according to police. One pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said. The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

The roadway was closed until the collision investigation concluded. Eastbound traffic was being rerouted off exit 64. Police request anyone with information to call 631-537-0237.

More information was expected to be released later tonight.

CORRECTION: Original information from police incorrectly listed the hospitals where some of the patients were transported.