updated 7/22/2007 11:21:03 PM ET 2007-07-23T03:21:03

A man trying to stop a friend from driving drunk after a block party was run over by the woman’s car and killed, police said.

Louis Wiederer was holding onto the driver’s side of Jesenia Vega’s car Saturday evening when she took off and dragged him, Suffolk County police said. Wiederer, 26, lost his grip and fell under the vehicle.

Wiederer had argued with Vega at the block party to prevent her from driving, and he had warned her, “You can’t drive like that,” witnesses said.

Vega, 27, was arrested at the scene and was charged with driving while intoxicated. She pleaded not guilty Sunday and was being held in jail.

Beatriz Vega said her niece is “very sweet, very nice, from a good family” and that she had never seen her drinking.

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