Suspected drunk driver kills 4 bridesmaids in Long Island crash

NEW YORK - A man in Long Island has been charged with drink driving after he crashed into a limousine carrying a bachelorette party, killing four bridesmaids and injuring two others including the bride, US media reports said.

Steven Romeo, 55, fled the scene after the weekend crash but was arrested nearby, said Thomas J. Spota, the Suffolk County district attorney on Monday, New York Times reported.

The four who died were Brittney Schulman, 23, Lauren Baruch, 24, Amy Grabina, 23, and Stephanie Belli, 23, New York Post reported.

"The pickup truck was halfway through the limo," said witness Lynne Lulfs, according to New York Daily News. "We saw bodies hanging out of the left side of the car. They looked like young girls. It was just arms, and heads and hair."

The women had reportedly hired the limousine so they could all drink responsibly during a series of visits to North Fork wineries, according to New York Post.

The driver of the limousine, 58-year-old Carlos Pino, who was allegedly making an illegal U-turn at the time of the crash, was also hospitalised.

Romeo pleaded not guilty on Sunday from his hospital bed to the charge of driving while intoxicated.