CRIME

Pickup truck driver pleads not guilty to DWI charge in NY limo crash that killed 4

  • Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, third from right wearing a tie, speaks with investigators, Monday, July 20, 2015, in Cutchogue, N.Y., following a crash where four young women riding in a limousine were killed in a car accident on Saturday. Police have charged the driver of a pickup truck that slammed into the limousine with driving while intoxicated. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

    Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, third from right wearing a tie, speaks with investigators, Monday, July 20, 2015, in Cutchogue, N.Y., following a crash where four young women riding in a limousine were killed in a car accident on Saturday. Police have charged the driver of a pickup truck that slammed into the limousine with driving while intoxicated. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Monday, July 20, 2015, in Peconic, N.Y., Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, right, speaks at a news conference to discuss a fatal limousine accident two days earlier that left four women dead and four others seriously injured while leaving Long Island's wine country region. Looking on is Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

    In this photo taken Monday, July 20, 2015, in Peconic, N.Y., Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, right, speaks at a news conference to discuss a fatal limousine accident two days earlier that left four women dead and four others seriously injured while leaving Long Island's wine country region. Looking on is Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Monday, July 20, 2015, in Peconic, N.Y., Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley speaks at a news conference to discuss a fatal limousine accident two days earlier that left four women dead and four others seriously injured while leaving Long Island's wine country region. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

    In this photo taken Monday, July 20, 2015, in Peconic, N.Y., Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley speaks at a news conference to discuss a fatal limousine accident two days earlier that left four women dead and four others seriously injured while leaving Long Island's wine country region. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)  (The Associated Press)

A driver whose pickup truck slammed into a limousine on Long Island, killing four young women, is being held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty at his hospital arraignment.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (SPOH'-tuh) and Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley plan to discuss the case at a midday briefing on Monday.

Steven Romeo was arraigned on a misdemeanor DWI charge Sunday in Greenpoint, New York.

His lawyer, Dan O'Brien, offered condolences and said his client had remained at the crash scene.

Four other women and the limo driver were hospitalized.

The longtime friends had been at a winery on Long Island's East End on Saturday afternoon.

Authorities say their driver was trying to make a U-turn at an intersection along Route 48 in Cutchogue (kuht-CHAWG') when the pickup hit the limo broadside.