Passenger killed in Staten Island drunk driving accident


David Zimmer, 41, was killed when the car he was riding in drove into a tree and a utility pole on Drumgoole Road yesterday. Zimmer was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Christopher Garfman, 39, has been charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana, vehicular manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide. A half-empty bottle of Ouzo was found in the car. Garfman is expected to be arraigned when he leaves Staten Island University Hospital, where he is being treated for minor injuries.

A friend who visited Garfman in the hospital says he claims not to remember the accident.