Car crashes into wall of Staten Island high school, killing off-duty EMT


STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, NY – A car crashed into the wall of a Staten Island high school late Tuesday night, killing the driver, the New York Post reports.

Authorities said 24-year-old Vladimir Sabatelli of Brooklyn lost control of his Dodge Challenger while driving at an apparent high rate of speed on Manor Road in Sea View at about 11:40 p.m. The Challenger crashed into Susan E. Wagner High School on Manor Road, then flipped and caught fire.

Firefighters responded to the scene to extricate Sabatelli and put out the flames. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sabatelli was an off-duty EMT who worked at the FDNY’s Station 55 in the Bronx.

The FDNY requested an inspection of the school’s structural stability as a result of the crash, and the city’s Department of Buildings found there was no structural damage.  The school was reported to be open on Wednesday.

The NYPD’s Highway District Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the cause of the crash.

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