NORTH MERRICK, NY (MorichesDaily) — Two people were killed and three critically injured on the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick early Sunday on the Southern State Parkway.
State police said two passengers in the 2008 Nissan Maxima, Bryan J. Rivas, 20, and Blossom J. Castro, 22, both of Hempstead were pronounced dead at the scene.
Driver Kervens Boutin, 30, of Hempstead, was taken along with another passenger, Marlo Cabrera, 19, of the Bronx, to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow where they were listed in critical condition. Boutin was charged with reckless driving.
A fifth passenger, Antonio Rivas, 22, of Hempstead, was taken to Winthrop-University Medical Center in Mineola and was listed in critical condition.
All westbound lanes on the parkway around exit 23 remained closed Sunday morning several hours after the crash, which occurred at around 5:30 a.m., police said. By 1 p.m. all lanes of the parkway in both directions were open.
The accident happened on the westbound side of the parkway, just west of exit 23 in North Merrick. The area is on a stretch of the parkway dubbed “Blood Alley” because of the many fatal crashes in between Exit 17 and Exit 30.
Police say the driver of the car appears to have been speeding before the vehicle left the pavement and overturned.
Five passengers were in the car and two were confirmed dead at the scene. The three other passengers were taken to Nassau University Medical Center in critical condition.
Police did not release the identities of the victims.
Christopher Clement, second assistant chief of the Merrick Fire Department, said his crews used heavy rescue equipment to try and free the people trapped in the mangled car, but stopped once it became clear that they did not survive the crash.
His crews also helped the other victims of the crash, who he said had “severe traumatic injuries.”
“It was a very severe accident,” Clement said.
The area of the crash is near a stretch of the parkway where nearly 40 people have been killed in crashes in the past six years. At least seven people were killed in crashes in 2012, one more than in 2011.