Five people were killed in a tragic Long Island crash, including two brothers.
According to police and a local report, five people were killed in a tragic weekend smash-up on Long Island.
The crash occurred at 11:15 p.m. Saturday when a Nissan Maxima traveling west on Montauk Highway near Quogue Street in the village of Quogue collided head-on with an eastbound Toyota Prius, Newsday reported.
Farhan Zahid, 32, of Bay Shore, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Three passengers, Michael O. Farrell, 20, James P. Farrell, 25, and Ryan J. Kiess, 25, all of Manhasset, died on the scene from their injuries, authorities said.
Brianna M. Maglio, 22, of Garden City, was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in critical condition.
According to Newsday, the Farrells are brothers and Maglio is Kiess' girlfriend.
Justin B. Mendez, 22, of Brookhaven, was the driver of the Nissan Maxima and was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Investigators believe the Maxima's excessive speed may have been a factor in the crash, though an investigation is ongoing.
Kiess and James Farrell were lacrosse teammates and classmates from elementary to high school, according to Ryan's parents, Kurt and Nina Kiess.
They took an Uber around 10:30 p.m. that night and were headed to a dance venue, according to the parents.
“It's bizarre. Nina Kiess told the outlet, "I'm still in shock." “You never wish for your children to outlive you. Our hearts are broken. This is something we see on television. Then, all of a sudden, it happens to you. It's surreal. It's a nightmarish situation.”
Bill Cherry, who coached boys lacrosse at Manhasset High School from 2007 to his retirement in 2016, had fond memories of Kiess and the Farrells.
Cherry told Newsday, "I coached all three of them over the years and it's just unbelievable." “These were outstanding children, tri-sport athletes who excelled in football, basketball, and lacrosse... This is irrational and heartbreaking.”