Champree Dinkins, 24, was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail today on charges related to an early morning crash Saturday that sent two pedestrians to the hospital - one of them dying just hours before her arraignment.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges Dinkins slammed into a man and a woman walking down Woodrow Avenue around 4 a.m. Saturday. Police arriving on the scene found the man unresponsive in the middle of the street; the woman underneath Dinkins's SUV, the DA's office says.
Making the first responders' job more difficult was the presence of several individuals behaving aggressively who were involved in a physical altercation at the scene, prosecutors said.
Police located Dinkins at 16 Irma St. According to prosecutors, Dinkin’s eyes were glassy and her breath smelled heavily of alcohol. She was transported to police headquarters for further questioning and then placed under arrest.
Dinkins was arraigned on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – a motor vehicle – as well as charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, the DA's office says, adding the charges will likely be upgraded now that one of the victims has died.