QUOGUE, NY — Families who dropped their sons in Saturday’s head-on crash in Quogue are sharing memories of their life — and crying out for change on a roadway they say is significantly way too harmful.
Five gentlemen died in the crash on Montauk Freeway Saturday night, law enforcement stated.
Justin B. Mendez, 22, of Brookhaven, who was driving a crimson Nissan Maxima and crashed head-on into a grey Toyota Prius, died at Stony Brook Southampton Clinic a brief time later on, police explained. The driver of the Prius, Farhan Zahid, 32, of Bay Shore, was an Uber driver, and three passengers, Michael O. Farrell, 20, James P. Farrell, 25, and Ryan J. Kiess, 25, all from Manhassett, died at the scene, law enforcement stated. A fourth passenger, Brianna M. Maglio, 22, of Backyard Town, remains hospitalized at Peconic Bay Medical Center in critical situation, police said.
Investigators consider too much pace could have been a aspect in the crash, police stated.
Kurt Kiess reported his son Ryan had been mates with brothers James and Michael because elementary school in Manhasset.
“They lived 200 yards aside they took the university bus alongside one another and ended up athletics teammates, participating in lacrosse,” he reported. His son performed lacrosse in significant faculty and school, he mentioned.
“There was a big team of them, the Manhasset Significant School Class of 2014. The boys were being very close, they had been often collectively,” he reported.
The younger males, he mentioned, had been all “incredibly caring, not edgy in any feeling of the word. They were the 1st to support you. They just beloved music, they loved their buddies.” And, he mentioned, they liked enjoying golfing jointly at the North Hempstead Region Club. “They were buddies,” Kiess stated. “They were the best of friends.”
His son fulfilled Brianna at the College of Scranton they both played lacrosse and had been dating for 6 many years, Kiess explained. “They have been a fantastic pair,” he said. Brianna is a neonatal intense treatment unit nurse at New York-Presbyterian Healthcare facility, he claimed.
“We’re praying for her,” he stated.
Saturday night time was intended to be a celebration, Kiess mentioned. He and his spouse just purchased a home in Remsenburg.
“It was our 1st bash. My son was so very pleased of that property. All of his friends have been in the cottage, playing game titles and dancing,” he mentioned. “They served clear up and then they known as an Uber to go dancing. He walked into the residing place and acquired into the car— and that was the last time I observed my son,” Kiess said. “You see these points on the information and you say, ‘That’s any individual else’ — and then it results in being your family.”
The youthful persons termed an Uber to be harmless, he claimed. “They were undertaking the proper issue.”
Kiess mentioned imagined should really be place into redesigning the roadway where the crash took place. He’d heard that the past time a crash took spot at the web-site was decades in the past, Kiess mentioned. “That’s not some thing to be proud of,” he said. “That is ridiculous. It is a curvy road. It shouldn’t be that perilous. The quantity of traffic on Montauk Freeway has greater over the a long time.” Officers, he claimed, “will need to be additional responsible” and deal with the scenario. “It won’t be able to aid my son but probably it can enable somebody else.”
His son and his buddies, Kiess claimed, “have been all excellent kids.” His son was an accountant at KPMG and had just been promoted. “They ended up all at the commence of their careers, it was endless — they had their total lives in entrance of them.”
By means of tears, Kiess claimed: “Our hearts are damaged without end. Our life will never be the exact. We really like our son — and we often will.”
In accordance to Quogue Village Law enforcement, the crash took spot at 11:19 p.m. in the vicinity of the intersection of Montauk Freeway and Quogue Avenue (East). A pink Nissan Maxima, pushed by Mendez, who was on your own in the car, was heading west on Montauk Freeway when it still left its lane of journey and crashed head-on with the Prius with Zahid and his four passengers that was touring east on Montauk Freeway, law enforcement claimed.
“Our feelings are with the family members of Mr. Zahid and the 4 other individuals who lost their life in this heartbreaking crash, and we hope the survivor makes a whole restoration,” an Uber spokesperson informed Patch.
Zahid commenced working with the application to push just about two decades ago, Uber mentioned.
The crash is remaining investigated by Quogue Village Law enforcement detectives with the assist of New York Condition Police, Southampton City Law enforcement, and Westhampton Beach Law enforcement, authorities mentioned.
Montauk Freeway in the beginning remained closed from Aged Depot Road in Quogue to Quogue Road (East) while the investigation was underway but was reopened Sunday early morning, law enforcement said.
Any one with facts on the crash is requested to make contact with the Quogue Village Law enforcement Office at 631-653-4791.