1 teenager killed, 4 others injured in Commack car accident


COMMACK, LONG ISLAND, NY – Authorities said a collision between two vehicles on Long Island left a teenager dead and four others injured, Newsday reports.

The accident happened Wednesday afternoon in Commack, where a Mustang convertible with four high school students inside crashed into a Jeep Wrangler on Indian Head Road near Carldon Road.  Police said the Mustang driver was headed north on Indian Head Road at about 3:45 p.m. and swerved to avoid a vehicle slowing down in front of him.

The Mustang driver lost control, crossed into the opposite lanes of traffic and hit the Jeep that was going south near Carldon Road. The Mustang overturned and ended up on the back lawn of a home on Ramsey Road.

A 17-year-old girl from Smithtown who was a passenger in the Mustang was pronounced dead at the scene. The 17-year-old driver and another passenger, both from Kings Park, were seriously injured.

The third passenger, a 17-year-old Kings Park boy, and the Jeep driver, 19-year-old Annalise Wilkes of Commack, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

The crash remains under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Fourth Squad.  Investigators said the preliminary cause appears to be distraction on the part of the Mustang driver. There was no indication that speeding or alcohol use were contributing factors.

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