Ridge,NY: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at approximately 11:20 a.m.
Suffolk County Police today arrested a man after he initiated a crash driving a stolen vehicle that killed five people in Ridge.
Jamel Turner, 23, of Bellport, was driving a stolen 2018 Camaro eastbound on Route 25, west of Woodlot Road when he crashed into a 2012 Mazda, also traveling eastbound at approximately 11:20 a.m. The Camaro then struck an oil truck traveling westbound and the Mazda struck a 1999 Infiniti traveling eastbound.
Lonidell Skinner, 19, of Bellport, was a passenger in the Camaro and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Turner was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
All four people in the Mazda were pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The driver of the oil truck was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Infiniti was not injured.
Major Case Unit detectives charged Turner with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree and False Personation. Turner also was charged with an outstanding warrant. Additional charges are anticipated.
The names of the four people who died in the crash are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.
The investigation is continuing.
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MOUNT SINAI, NY : Friday, January 19, 2018, at approximately 11:30 p.m.
Suffolk County Police arrested a woman for driving while intoxicated after a motor vehicle crash that injured a police officer and the female driver in Mount Sinai last night.
Elvia Turcios was driving a 2003 Nissan Altima westbound on Route 25A, near Mt. Sinai Ave. at approximately 11:30 p.m. when her vehicle struck an occupied Suffolk County Police Department patrol car parked on the shoulder of the road with the emergency lights on during a traffic stop. The Altima then struck a 2004 Jeep Cherokee traveling eastbound, and the Altima overturned. The vehicle originally pulled over in the traffic stop was not involved in the crash.
The Sixth Precinct officer in the vehicle and Turcios were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Turcios, 30, of Port Jefferson, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle and issued additional summonses. She was held at the Sixth Precinct and
arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on January 20.