Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Coram man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 28-year-old man and injured another in Deer Park five weeks ago, Suffolk County police said.Stephan Harbison was charged Friday with vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated.Police said the 27-year-old suspect was driving an Infiniti southbound on Straight Path when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree south of Sagamore Lane at 4:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26.One of his passengers, Hamzah Abdul-Hakim, of Wyandanch, was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The other, 28-year-old Ismail Latif, also of Wyandanch, was hospitalized in critical condition.Harbison, who previously told police that his name was Darnell Snell, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.Harbison will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.
But that only served as a temporary distraction for the Lakers, who have three more games this week against opponents that Scott said have “aspirations” to be NBA champions. They include Phoenix (tonight), the Clippers (Friday) and Golden State (Saturday).Yes, Scott and Rockets coach Kevin McHale rekindled the Lakers-Celtics rivalry beforehand by playfully exchanging barbs. Scott joked, “If he puts on a green-and-white jersey, I’ll go get mine back. It’ll be on.” McHale responded: “Byron must feel a hell of a lot better than I do. It’s on.”But the Lakers’ quest to return to those glory days seems far away. The cheers reached fever pitch every time Kobe Bryant scored, marking a warm greeting in his first regular-season game since he injured his left knee 10 months ago. The boos filled the arena anytime Dwight Howard touched the ball or when he swung an elbow at Bryant late in the game. The two exchanged words with a personal foul assessed to Bryant, a flagrant foul given to Howard and technicals for both, their testy relationship during their lone season with the Lakers emerging as they both exchanged words. The buzz around Staples Center made it feel like old times. Lakers president Jeanie Buss talked with fans. Jack Nicholson sat in his usual courtside seat. And Yasiel Puig, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Terrell Owens made cameo appearances. But that only masked some serious issues. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers’ 108-90 loss on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center featured too many reminders of last season’s nightmare that ended with the worst record in L.A. franchise history.Lakers rookie Julius Randle suffred a broken right leg and had to be carted off on a stretcher with 6:46 remaining in the game. The Lakers had already ruled out Steve Nash this season because of recurring back issues. The Lakers will not have Nick Young return for another month while he recovers from a right thumb injury. And the Lakers offered little at point guard both from Jeremy Lin (seven points on 1-of-5 shooting and six assists) and Ronnie Price (seven points on 1-of-7 shooting and three assists). And Bryant’s 19 points on 6-of-19 shooting in 30 minutes featured plenty of rust. “I said all along he’ll still average 20-something points per game,” Lakers coach Byron Scott predicted beforehand. “He can score. That’s what he does. To get anything less than that, he’s going to be disappointed.”The Lakers’ quest to improve their defense seems like a long project after allowing James Harden to score 32 points and Houston to shoot 12 of 29 from 3-point range. The only success involved limiting Howard, who had 13 points (to go along with 11 rebounds) and five fouls.Bryant and Howard expressed their animosity toward each other when Howard swung his elbow at Bryant while defending him.