NEW YORK: Erika Bautista died from injuries after being struck by DWI driver Chris Montpetit

Chris D Montpetit Arrested for DWI Following Motor Vehicle Crash with Serious Injuries in September


FARMINGDALE, NY – A woman who was stopped with her disabled car when she was struck from behind by an alleged drunk driver on Sept. 25, 2020, has died from her injuries. Her three children suffered serious injuries.

Suffolk County Police report that they arrested a man for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured another driver and her children in Farmingdale.
Erika Bautista and her three daughters were inside a northbound 2015 Honda, which had become disabled in the right lane of County Route 83, north of South Bicycle Path when it was struck in the rear by a 2018 Jeep being driven by Chris D. Montpetit at 5:06 p.m. 
Erika Bautista, 31, of Farmingville, and her daughters Melissa Bautista, 4, and Lizabeth Bautista, 8, were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious physical injuries. Ruby Bautista, 10, was transported to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks.  
Montpetit, 36, of Shirley, was arrested at the scene for Driving While Intoxicated. He is being held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on September 26.
The investigation is continuing and detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6553. All calls will be kept confidential.

  • Name: Montpetit, Chris D 
  • Birth Year: 1984 
Incident and Arrest
  • Date:September 25, 2020 
  • CJTN:69452591Q 


  • Date & Time: September 25, 2020 17:46
  • Arrest #:00200935 
  • Agency: SCPD 
  • Command: 
Attorney Information

Defense Attorney

  • Name:Suffolk County Legal Aid,  
  • Firm:Suffolk County Legal Aid 
  • Type:Legal Aid 
  • Court Date:September 26, 2020 
  • Court Part:D11 
  • Address:300 Center Drive, Riverhead,  NY 11901
  • Phone:516 – 999 – 9999 

Assistant District Attorney

  • Name: Suffolk County District Attorney,  
  • Assigned: September 26, 2020 

Next Appearance

  • Date: October 19, 2020 
  • Court: Suffolk First District Court 
  • Part: D55