Officials said a speeding car driving away from police in a New York City suburb broke into another, split that car in half and killed five people.
The driver of the speeding car, 36, and four 18-year-old men who were evicted from the other car died in the accident. The fatal collision occurred around 9:30 pm. In Yonkers, Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner John Mueller said.
The four 18-year-old friends described them as recent high school graduates.
Spano said the accident on Riverdale Avenue near Culver Street in Ludlow Park was “nothing short of tragic.”
“The lives of four young men were lost due to the recklessness of one individual,” Spano said in a statement. “Make this a lesson to everyone who drives at high speeds – it not only puts your life at risk, but also the lives of innocent people with whom you share the road.”
Spano and Mueller said that minutes before the accident, officers had tried to stop the speeding car, the 2009 Infiniti, because it was traveling intermittently. The car appeared to have stopped, but then suddenly accelerated and took off on Riverdale Street at “precipitous speeds,” the officials said.
As the officers followed, the Infiniti car collided with four 18-year-olds, a 2006 Nissan vehicle that was turning right into Riverdale Street from Culver Street, causing “catastrophic damage to both cars,” Spano and Mueller said.
Debris scattered across three buildings and Riverdale Street was closed for more than eight hours. Spano and Mueller said an investigation into the accident was underway.
Police have identified an Infiniti driver as Devon Haywood, of Mount Vernon, and the four men in Nissan are Brandon Sierra, Randy Brisbane, Tamari Watkins and Anthony Cruz. They have all lived in Yonkers.
A video of gas station security showed a car speeding before it collided with the vehicle in which the four men were operating.
Maria Delgado, who lives in the area, said she heard a loud noise and a man was running and saying, “Oh my God, oh my God!”
She said she went out and saw one of the cars split in two.