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Three women were killed in an overnight crash Saturday by a charged drunk driver on Long Island after they left a Sweet 16 party, according to police and sources.
The accident occurred at 11:11 p.m. Saturday in New Hyde Park outside an event space on the Jericho Turnpike, where the driver of a Mercedes-Benz sedan rammed a Lincoln Town Car carrying a driver and five other passengers, the County Police Department said Sunday. of Nassau.
Three of the female passengers in the back seat of the car were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the department.
The driver and other passengers of the Lincoln were taken to a nearby hospital and are in stable condition, the Nassau County Police Department said.
The driver of the Mercedes, Dante Lennon, was charged with DWI and three counts of vehicular manslaughter, police said. Lennon, a 22-year-old from Freeport, Long Island, was taken to a local area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and will appear in court when he is well enough, according to police.
Fatal accident in New Hyde Park LI
A Mercedes traveling west on the Jericho Turnpike collided with a Lincoln Town Car with six people in it.
A law enforcement source told The Post that the women who were killed had just left a Sweet 16 party at the Inn at New Hyde Park. The venue hosts weddings, bar mitzvahs, quinceañeras and other celebrations, according to its website.
“Very disturbing, I’ve never seen that in my life,” witness Jaylen Augustin said, according to ABC7. “[W]hy would that happen? I just can’t believe it.”
Arrested and Charged
Police arrested 22-year-old Dante Lennon of Freeport. Lennon is charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter and DWI.
Lennon’s injuries are considered non-life-threatening and he will be arraigned as soon it is medically possible, police said.