2 dead, 2 seriously injured in crash on Southern State Parkway

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HEMPSTEAD, LONG ISLAND, NY – A car crash on Long Island Thanksgiving night left two people dead and two others seriously injured, according to a report by Newsday.

The crash happened on the Southern State Parkway in Hempstead at about 8:30 p.m.  New York State Police said 19-year-old Herson Gonzalez was driving a Honda Pilot SUV westbound with five passengers inside when he sideswiped a Toyota Corolla.  Investigators determined that Gonzalez lost control of the SUV, hit a guardrail and then struck an overpass east of Exit 21 in Hempstead.

Two passengers in the Honda Pilot were killed in the crash. They were identified as 23-year-old Patricia Ramkissoon of Bay Shore and 23-year-old Elliott Bryant of Brooklyn.  Two other passengers were seriously hurt and transported to Nassau University Medical Center.

Gonzalez, of Shirley, and another passenger in the Pilot were hospitalized for observation.

Police said there were no injuries to anyone in the Toyota Corolla. The accident shut down the westbound lanes of the Southern State Parkway while authorities investigated. Traffic was diverted onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway.

CBS New York reports the wreck occurred on a stretch of the Southern State Parkway that has had dozens of fatal crashes. The state Department of Transportation has now agreed to conduct a review of the highway in an effort to improve safety.

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