Authorities at the scene of a fatal car crash in Middle Island, New York State, on Saturday, February 9, 2019.
CBS New York
Middle Island, N.Y. – Long Island authorities said that an elderly married couple had been killed and two officers had been injured when a driver in a stolen vehicle had crashed into another car. Police said police attempted to stop a 17-year-old Nahriek Belford-led Nissan from Bellport on Saturday night in Middle Island, after finding that the car had not stopped at a police station. stop sign. But the driver continued and the police followed.
The driver then hit another car, a Honda CRV, trying to turn left.
Police said Honda driver and passenger Jerome Weingarten, 74, and his wife, Randee Weingarten, 71, of Middle Island, were killed. CBS New York said they were driving home.
Angelo Belford, a 19-year-old passenger, was also killed. The police described him as Nahriek's brother.
Nahriek was hospitalized for life-threatening injuries and was arrested on reckless endangerment charges, police said.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said that Nahriek would have driven under the influence. It was not clear if he had a lawyer who could comment.
A second Nissan passenger, Jaquell Funderburke, 16, survived the accident.
"As a department, we express our sincere condolences to the Weingarten family for this tragic accident," Hart said.
Weingarten's son, Jason Weingarten, 41, told Newsday that his parents had been married for 50 years and were "good people".
"They went out for dinner last night with other people, they dropped the other couples last night and went home when they were hit, it's unreal," Weingarten said.
Hart said the police department had launched an internal investigation to determine whether the offender had followed the department's prosecution protocols.
CBS New York points out that an investigation revealed that the plates of the Nissan had been swapped.
Anyone who may have attended the accident is invited to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.