Staten Island crash leaves 3 teenagers dead, sends six others to the hospital
A tragic crash in Staten Island has left three teenagers dead and one teenager in critical condition.
Police say the collision happened just before 9 p.m. when the driver of a 2018 Ford Mustang was speeding eastbound down Hylan Boulevard and swerved into another vehicle that was making a left turn onto Richard Avenue, striking a 2017 GMC Yukon on the driver's side of the vehicle.
As a result of the collision, the passenger side of the Mustang struck a tree, which split the vehicle into two pieces and ejected the two rear seat passengers, 15-year-old Josie Gil and 15-year-old Ashley Rodriguez, who police say were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The front of the vehicle continued moving down Hylan Boulevard where it mounted the sidewalk and uprooted a small tree before striking a telephone pole. Fernanda Gil, the 16-year-old front passenger in the Mustang, was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North where she was pronounced dead.
The 16-year-old driver of the Mustang, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition.
All five occupants of the GMC Yukon, which includes the 47-year-old male driver and an 11-year-old girl, were taken to Staten Island University Hospital North with minor injuries.
Police say the 47-year-old driver was then taken into custody for driving with a suspended driver's license with charges pending. That man has not yet been identified.
The investigation into the collision is ongoing.