ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A drunk, texting tow truck driver injured two people on Route 17 early Monday in a head-on crash when he crossed the double yellow line, according to Ramapo Police.
At about 3:55 a.m. Ramapo Police officers responded to the scene of the crash involving a Chevy Suburban limousine and a flatbed-style tow truck, said Det. Lt. Mark Emma.
Upon investigation by officers, it was determined that the Suburban was traveling northbound on Route 17 when the tow truck, owned by “Big-Tows” of Spring Valley, crossed the center line and struck the Suburban head-on, Emma said.
Investigation at the scene revealed that the tow truck driver, William Castaldi, 34, of Tuxedo Park, had crossed over the center line of the roadway while being distracted by using his cell phone, Emma said.
There was substantial damage to both vehicles as well as several injuries. Castaldi suffered minor injuries to his head and leg, he refused medical attention at the scene, Emma added.
The Suburban driver, a 44-year-old from Union City, N.J., and his female passenger, a 42-year-old pregnant woman from Monroe, were both transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where they were treated and released with undisclosed injuries, Emma added.
Police also determined that Castaldi was driving drunk, Emma said.
He was charged with two counts of assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, aggravated DWI, DWI and traffic violations of crossing center lane and using a cell phone, police said.
Castaldi is being held at the Rockland County Jail on $2,500 bail.
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