Police in New York say that a 23-year-old man was intoxicated when he struck and killed a female friend with his SUV in the early hours of July 26. The man's scheduled arraignment on drunk driving charges was postponed after he was admitted to the psychiatric ward of Stony Brook Hospital the following day. Authorities say that he could remain in the Long Island medical facility for at least 72 hours.
According to police, the victim had been sitting in the man's vehicle in a parking lot when she decided to exit the SUV and walk home. She is said to have been concerned about the man's level of intoxication. The woman proceeded to walk for about half a mile. The man then drove and caught up with her. Police say the man struck the 21-year-old as he pulled over his SUV to speak with her.