Cops: Bicyclist Killed by Driver On Drugs With Kids in Car

Middle Island man charged with DAWI endangering the welfare of a child, as well as several vehicle and traffic violations.

A bicyclist was struck and killed Thursday afternoon after police say a man driving under the influence of drugs with his four children in the car crossed over Route 25 near Calverton National Cemetary and hit the man head-on.

Riverhead Police identified the alleged driver – charged with violating Leandra's Law, a felony – as Middle Island resident William Slatton, age 30. Cops said four children under the age of nine were in the car at the time of the accident.

Police said Slatton was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry westbound on Route 25 when his car veered across the road, into oncoming traffic, and hitting a bicyclist later identified as Brightwaters resident Steven F. Kane, age 57.

The incident occurred just after 1:30 p.m. police said, and despite efforts to revive Kane on the scene by passing motorists and a Ridge fire chief, the man was pronounced dead at the scene by Wading River Fire Department paramedics. He was transported to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office in Hauppauge.

Police said Slatton was driving with a suspended license, was charged with several vehicle and traffic violations, and was held overnight for a Friday morning arraignment.

Riverhead detectives are investigating the crash, and are asking any witnesses to call the department at 631-727-4500, ext. 289.

Correction: This article previously stated that Slatton was charged with DWI engandering the welfare of a child, not DWAI. We regret the error.

Mongenious November 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
He wasnt drunk or high he was tired from taking care of a newborn baby he is a good man
KKS November 05, 2012 at 09:27 PM
So then why did he admitt to the police that he was on methadone? Please explane that one to me.
Mongenious November 05, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Because its the truth! People take it everyday to maintain a healthy life! Instead of being ignorant to something u dont know about, read about it! It was perfectly legal and administered to him. Did u read that in the story or skip over that part?
Mongenious November 05, 2012 at 11:01 PM
And to the father who had a comment too, how can u say he shouldn't be called a "father"?! Of ALL people you know how much it would cost to put 4 children in day care! So the fact that he stays home with his children so his girl can work has nothing to do with him not being a father! Again, our prayers go to the victims family, but theres no need for the childish ignorant comments. Think about what ur going to say before u say it. Jerk!
Phil Harrington March 20, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Can we get an update on this case, please? Has a date been set for the trial?


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