According to the New York Daily News, 26-year-old Carmelo Pinales was traveling at about 100 mph in a Subaru Outback when his veered across the divider, became airborne, and struck a BMW and Honda traveling the opposite direction.
Reports indicate that there was some road work being conducted in the area, and that Pinales may have become alarmed by the change in road surface. Pinales and his sister, Patricia Pinales, 27, were both killed on impact.
Pinales’ 10-year-old son, Chistopher, Patricia’s 3-year-old daughter, Analia Ramirez, and an unidentified 21-year-old passenger of the Subaru were taken to the hospital. Christopher later died of his injuries.
The driver of the Honda, identified as Scott Martella, 29, was also killed in the collision. His fiancé, Shelbi Thurau, also 29, was injured. Martella was a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and was currently the communications director for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
Two occupants of the BMW, 81-year-old Isidore Adelson and 71-year-old Helen Adelson, were also killed in the collision. The other two occupants of the BMW, Marvin and Sandy Tenzer, were hospitalized. The Adelsons and the Tenzers were on their way to a wedding in New Jersey.
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):