Motor vehicle accident

A motor vehicle crash on Long Island proved to be fatal for a man and woman. Both died immediately. At least 5 people were injured in this accident; two of them were children. The kids suffered serious injuries, while the other three victims suffered non-serious injuries.

More Details of Accident:

This accident happened on Sunday at about 1:40 PM. Olvin Jimenez was driving his Toyota Corolla Southbound on Crooked Hill Road in Brentwood. He suddenly lost control of his car and entered the Northbound Lane, colliding with a Toyota RAV4, said the police.

Casualties:

According to the police, Olvin Jimenez and Erica Jimenez-Mejia, both 39, were declared dead at the scene. Erica was Olvin’s front seat passenger.

A two-year-old and ten-year-old were also sitting in the backseat of the Corolla at the time of the accident. Both suffered serious injuries and were rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

The 21 year old RAV4 driver, and his two passengers, also suffered non-serious injuries in the crash, said police. One of his passengers was 17 years old, while the other was 73 years old. All three of them were rushed to Southside Hospital for treatment.

The police closed the Crooked Hill Road in both directions till 6:00 PM, after the crash. The police also impounded both cars for a safety check.

The police are investigating the crash further.

 

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