UPDATED: 5-Year-Old West Islip Boy Killed in Shirley Car Crash

Suffolk County Police charge Ronkonkoma man with driving under the influence of drugs.

UPDATE: The 5-year-old West Islip boy involved in this crash died of his injuries at Stony Brook University Medical Center on Sunday, according to police.

Suffolk County Police arrested a Ronkonkoma man and charged him with driving while ability impaired by drugs after he was involved in motor vehicle crash in Shirley that critically injured a 5-year-old West Islip boy.

According to police, Steven Kinalis, 30, was driving a 2007 Toyota Scion eastbound on Sunrise Highway Saturday morning when his vehicle rear-ended a 2004 Dodge pickup truck driven by Kevin Gaffney, 36, of West Islip. After being struck, Gaffney’s truck left the road and struck a tree.

The accident happened just east of the William Floyd Parkway.

Police said the 5-year-old, Gaffney's son, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center. Gaffney, his wife, 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son were treated at Stony Brook for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have charged Kinalis, of Ronkonkoma, with driving while ability impaired by drugs. Kinalis, who refused medical treatment following the crash, is being held on $150,000 cash bail following a Sunday arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip.

No word yet on whether Kinalis will face additional charges. He is due back in court on Wednesday. 

On his Facebook profile, Kinalis lists his job as a senior loan consultant at Sterling National Bank in Great Neck.

fed up December 12, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Marianne and Gayle I think all 3 of meant no disrespect! My heart goes out to the Gaffney family as well. Jessica please relax.
Irene December 12, 2011 at 12:43 PM
The family will be in the prayers of my family. I will put a prayer chain together in my small circle to hold this family up which is the least that I can do. I am so terribly sorry! May the Lord send you his peace. Seriously, those comments above were totally uncalled for, but nothing shocks me anymore.
melissa December 12, 2011 at 04:33 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Godbless them at this time of loss. May he rest in peace and now be an angel from above to watch over his family everyday. My heart is truly breaking for this family. I am so sorry for your loss.
dan johnson December 12, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Leonardo...retract your post immediately on you helping with cpr..now please..my heart goes out to all involved in this tragedy. Dan Johnson E.M.T.
Leonardo December 13, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Chris, as you can see, I did remove my post-even though nothing I wrote has any effect on an investigation. I was only sharing MY experience and making sure to mentioned others who helped. Best you you and everyone


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