A Long Island woman was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs after allegedly running over a group of teenagers walking next to a road in Deer Park on Sunday night around 11:45 p.m. Cathleen Wild, 28, of Lindenhurst, is being held on $100,000 bail, and police say she was driving with a suspended license when she struck three 16-year-olds walking on Grand Boulevard during a scavenger hunt. One reason they believe she was drugged up is that they found syringes in her panties.
One of the teens, Paulino Harrington, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center with lacerated kidneys, brain swelling and broken bones. CBS 2 reports he was placed in a medically induced coma, while the other two teens suffered less serious injuries. Police reportedly found six empty packets with residue of a powdery substance and two hypodermic needles... in her underwear.
The teenagers say that after hitting them, Wild got out of her vehicle and said, "Look what you did to my truck," Harrington's father claims. And according to court records obtained by CBS 2, Wild blamed the youths, telling police they caused the accident by jumping into traffic on the Boulevard. Fortunately, Newsday (paywall) reports today that Harrington's condition has been upgraded to good, from serious.