Birthday Celebration Ends In Tragic Crash On Long Island

ROOSEVELT, NY (AP / CBS 2) – Three friends returning from a birthday celebration in Manhattan were killed when their car crashed on a Long Island highway.

State police say the accident happened early Sunday on the Southern State Parkway in Roosevelt. Their car struck a bridge embankment and burst into flames.

Family and friends told Newsday the men were celebrating two of their birthdays. Naquan Bell’s 21st birthday was Tuesday and Brendon McRae’s 24th birthday was Jan. 28. The third victim was identified as Stanley Saggesse, who was 23.

A passerby stopped and helped a trooper at the scene drag Bell from the car before it became engulfed in flames. The other two were trapped inside.

McRae was identified as the driver. The cause was not immediately known.

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  • Bernard Granum

    RIP Brendon “Smoove” and Niquan. Your family misses you. I know somebody who needs you… Please watch over her. God Bless

  • liz

    Sad Story – My heart goes out the families. RIP

  • K.

    I’ve seen reports like this before….Never thought it would be two of my friends that this could happen to…Brendon and Quan we miss you….

  • Johnny Mastorakis

    it could be time to really think about either raising the drinking age or changing the hours that bar and clubs can stay open till, cause this is out of control. it seems it has become a weekly thing now,

    sad for the parents and families tough way to go… RIP

    • KPMc

      Or people could just be responsible for themselves. Oh that’s right… that will never happen. Let’s get the government to police us and tell us how to act.

      Who needs personal responsibility when we can just enact more laws?

    • j

      Changing the drinking age. The latter is just communist/Socialist ideologue.

      • Michael H.

        and changing the drinking age isnt?

  • Stacey Plescia Delise

    So sad. My heart goes out to their families.

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