January 26, 2021
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Cops: Woman drove drunk with 3 daughters in car before crashing through Brentwood house

Surveillance footage shows the frightening moments when an out-of-control SUV careens off a side street, across a front lawn and, police said, “through a house” in Brentwood Sunday evening, coming to rest on the lawn of a neighboring home.

The driver, a 34-year-old Bay Shore woman, was arrested and charged with DWI under Leandra’s Law — after Suffolk County Police said a responding officer discovered her three young daughters, aged 4, 5 and 8, in the crashed vehicle.

Ashley Thomas-Smith was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Suffolk County Police said. She faces arraignment Monday in First District Court in Central Islip. Thomas-Smith was treated for what police described as “non-life-threatening injuries” after the crash on Blue Jay Drive at 6:40 p.m. Police said the girls were taken with their mother to Southside Hospital

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Tragic story of his first wife and daughter’s deaths

Tragedy in the early stages of Joe Biden's career has influenced the way he conducts himself. (Getty)
Tragedy in the early stages of Joe Biden’s career has influenced the way he conducts himself. (Getty)

For every politician, events of their past influence their political career and the person they are. 

But for Joe Biden, the story is particularly poignant. 

The 77-year-old was just embarking on his journey in politics when his life was changed irreparably by the death of his wife and daughter. 

That moment in 1972 would not only change the presidential hopeful’s personal life, but would influence the way he conducts himself on the public stage. 

Who was Joe Biden’s first wife? 

Biden met Neilia Hunter in 1963 on the beach in Nassau during spring break, when she was a sophomore at Syracuse University and he was a junior at the University of Delaware. 

Following his degree, Biden moved to Syracuse to attend law school and the couple married in 1966 while he was still

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