Manorville, NY - August 21, 2016 - Suffolk County Police Seventh Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed three people and critically injured a child in Manorville today.
Carmelo Pinales was driving a gray Subaru Outback eastbound on the Long Island Expressway when he apparently lost control of the vehicle which crossed over the grassy median, went airborne and struck two vehicles, a BMW and a Honda, that were travelling westbound near Exit 68 at approximately 9:35 a.m.
Carmelo Pinales, 26, of Hicksville, and his sister, Patricia Pinales, 27, of Westbury, were pronounced dead at the scene by a physician’s assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Carmelo’s 10-year-old son, Christopher Pinales, also from Hicksville, was transported in critical condition to Stony Brook University Hospital via Suffolk County Police helicopter. Winnifer Garcia, 21, of Hempstead, and Patricia’s 3-year-old daughter, also of Westbury, were transported to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the 2014 Honda, Scott Martella, 29, of Northport, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician’s assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. His fiancée, Shelbi Thurau, 29, of Northport, was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Marvin Tenzer, 73, the driver of the 2016 BMW, and his three passengers, Sandra Tenzer, 69, Helen Adelson, and Isidore Adelson, 81, all of Westhampton, were transported to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives are investigating reports that the driver of the Subaru was traveling at a high rate of speed.
All three vehicles will be impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing. Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crash to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.