Two Huntington Station teens were killed early Saturday morning in Melville at 1:15 a.m. Before the crash, Ray Vega, 18, was driving north on Walt Whitman Road when he tried to pass his brother. Vega, in a 1996 Honda, sideswiped his brother’s 1999 Pontiac.
Vega lost control of the Honda after he hit his brother’s car. After bumping off his brother, he struck the curb and then tragically a tree right in front of 1800 Walt Whitman Road. The force of the crash ripped off the bark of the tree and a speed limit sign was knocked down.
Ray Vega and Carmen Rivera-Gotay, 17, were stuck in the car and had to be extricated by police. Vega was pronounced dead at the scene and Rivera-Gotay was pronounced dead at Plainview Hospital-North Shore. Kevin Vega and his passenger, Isaias Perez, 21, left the scene uninjured.
Two people were killed, and four were injured, in a 4 a.m. crash on the Grand Central Parkway. The crash happened on the eastbound lanes and were a quarter mile west of the Jamaica Estates, Queens, exit.
The driver walked away with minor injuries and is currently in police custody. Authorities believe he was intoxicated. The three other people in the car were not so lucky. A young man and two women were in the back seat. Two were pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected while the other woman is in serious condition at an unspecified hospital.
The crash tossed the car onto the wrong side of the road with the engine landing on one side of the parkway and the tire in the other. The eastbound lanes of the Grand Central were completely closed off following the crash while two westbound lanes were shut down.