Hauppauge, NY (SmithtownRadio.com) – The driver in deadly April crash that killed two teens was impaired by drugs at the time of the crash, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says.
Thomas Smith’s blood showed evidence of the active ingredient of marijuana and levels of marijuana metabolite which is consistent with recent use, the toxicology test performed by the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory shows. The testing by the crime lab did not find any controlled substances in the defendant’s blood.
Smith, 20, of Ridge, was driving friends home from Six Flags Great Adventure, located in Jackson, New Jersey, on April 14 when he lost control of the 2011 Honda Ridgeline and struck a tree along the William Floyd Parkway in Ridge. Smith’s girlfriend, Jacqueline Salvador, 19, of Ridge, and friend Ryan Baumgartner, 17, of Rocky Point, died in the crash after being ejected from the vehicle.
Smith remains charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while ability impaired by drugs and the investigation into the crash continues. He is free on $150,000 bond.