RIDGE, new york – A man accused of crashing a stolen vehicle while fleeing police on Long Island on Wednesday, leaving five people dead, was arrested, police said.
Jamel Turner, 23, of Bellport, was driving in a stolen Camaro when he crashed into an oil truck and a Mazda, that struck another vehicle and burst into flames, authorities said.
It happened in the Suffolk County hamlet of Ridge, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of New York City.
All four people in the Mazda were killed. Police not release their names. Turner 19-year-old passenger, Lonidell Skinner, of Bellport, was thrown from the vehicle and died on the spot.
Suffolk County Police Chief Stuart Cameron said officers had tracked the stolen Camaro of an apartment building as it accelerated away from them “at a high speed.” The police arrived at the crash shortly after it happened, ” he said.
“Our patrol cars were some distance behind. That will be part of the research, but we do not believe that our cars were in the chase,” Cameron said.
Denise Killoran, 45, of middle island, told Newsday that she was driving on the same road when she saw a speeding car behind her.
“I looked in the mirror and I saw that this car is going fast, like 100 mph (160 km / h), as fast for that kind of way. I said to myself: ‘Oh my God,’ he is going to hit the car next to me,” she said.
The Camaro week at the last second, kicking dust and twigs, said Killoran, adding that three police cars were following it.
Turner, who was admitted to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, faces charges including criminal possession of stolen property and false impersonation. More charges are expected. It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer who has comments to make about the costs.
The driver of the oil truck also under non-life-threatening injuries.