Mother, 1-year-old daughter killed when car collides with minibus in Yaphank


YAPHANK, LONG ISLAND – Police said a collision on Long Island last week claimed the lives of a woman and her infant daughter.

According to a report by WPIX, the accident took place in Yaphank Thursday morning on County Road 101 near the Long Island Expressway.

Suffolk County Police said the driver of a mini school bus was trying to turn left from County Road 101 onto Express Drive South at about 7:35 a.m.  The minibus collided with a 2019 Nissan Sentra.

The driver of the Sentra, 31-year-old Jacklyn Smoljan of East Patchogue, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The woman’s 1-year-old daughter was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue and then transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  She had been riding in a car seat in the backseat of the Nissan.

Two passengers on the minibus suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were treated at area hospitals.  The two vehicles were impounded for a safety check.

Anyone with further information on the incident was asked to contact Suffolk County Police.

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