Long Island driver arrested on DWI charge following accident that killed his passenger

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MELVILLE, New York — A Long Island man has been arrested on a drunken driving charge following an accident that killed his passenger.

Suffolk County Police say 27-year-old Daniel Moreira, of Deer Park was driving westbound on the Long Island Expressway in Melville at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday when he struck the rear of another vehicle.

Police say Moreira's passenger, 25-year-old Ismelda Rodriguez, of Brentwood, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Police say Moreira, who was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. He's to be arraigned at a later date. It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.

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