L.I. Cops Clock Street Racers At 145 MPH Before Spectacular Crash

Car Slams Into Gas Station Pump Off Exit 58 Of LIE, Causing Fire

ISLANDIA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A high speed race and chase turned into an incredible crash on the Long Island Expressway on Thursday morning.

A driver allegedly tried to ditch a police officer at speeds of more than 140 mph, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

Police said just after midnight two drivers were street racing on the LIE, spotted the police and zoomed off the highway at exit 58. But they lost control and the result was a nasty accident. A Dodge Neon slammed into a gas pump at Gulf station. Surveillance video shows two people get out of one car and run as the gas pump explodes.

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Ilkay Kilinc was working the counter Thursday morning when the car slammed into the gas pump.

“Car starting fire – that’s two seconds to get out of the car,” Kilinc told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey. “One more second, maybe death.”

The other car, with a driver and a passenger, crashed to a halt in a Hooters parking lot across the road. Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department chief Michael Sharkey said his officer tagged the cars doing 145 mph. Every one, he said, got out alive.

“The others escaped without any serious injury. Any small change in circumstance could have resulted in a total disaster,” Chief Sharkey said.

The driver of the yellow Mitsubishi Lancer that stopped at Hooters was 21-year-old Jeff Browne. The driver of the car that crashed and started the fire was 20-year-old Joseph Skalka. He was held on $75,000 cash bail. His angry family and friends stormed out of the courtroom.

There were five friends involved in the scary incident, but only one minor injury – a concussion.

Court observers said even though no one was seriously hurt and there was no alcohol involved, the judge set a relatively high bail to send a message.

“It was all just bad decisions, bad decision-making,” Chief Sharkey said.

Shocked by this? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • beelzebubba

    The families stormed angrily out of court? I think I see the cause of the problem. These stooges just forfeited their right to drive. Will their defense strategy in court be: ‘The drugs they were high on made them do it? When are they going to sue the gas station for not having a proper barricade to protect innocent children like these from dangerous gas pump fires? The school system obviously let them down. It’s all our fault.

    • p3orion

      I read that too, but I was hoping it meant that the families were angry at the punks involved; I guess that’s naive. If they’re stupid enough to buy Junior a car he doesn’t have the sense to operate safely, they’re likely stupid enough to blame the judge for enforcing the law.

  • Kevin

    Eiether send them to jail or make them clean up fatal vehicle accident scenes for a couple of months.

    • beelzebubba

      That would wake them up, but wouldn’t New Yorkers consider that cruel and unusual punishment?

      • Nancy Hudson

        Not this New Yorker!!

  • Dan Te

    I think I may be interested in a Mitsubishi Evo. Will probably visit a Mitsubishi dealer this weekend for a test drive.

  • sevanclaig

    Thank God no one was killed. If someone had, no doubt the children driving these vehicles would have shown up for court with saddened Mom and angry family, wearing ties with hair combed, with the usual litany of their shining choirboy and cub scout history and sincere sounding I’m so sorry, so sorry- your honor they’re just young boys who made a mistake. Yes, they did. And I hope they get as much hard time as they would if someone were killed.

    • Future Crimes Division

      Sweet, I knew we’d get a chance to start punishing people for crimes they didn’t commit sooner or later! Speeding + Accident – Injuries = Murder. Brilliant!

    • vmaxnc

      What if they’d all been killed, along with a few innocent bystanders? Would you invoke God then? Surely God would have had a hand in that tragedy as well, right?

      • hbear

        I am not sure any of us get what we deserve from God.
        From Luke 13: 1 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

      • General Drake

        I love it when those who rebel against their own creator try their hand at being a preacher. God does good, YOU do bad and sometimes we suffer from YOUR decisions. The fact that God is nice enough to intervene isn’t good enough for you? I don’t blame you for MY mistakes, why do you blame God for other’s mistakes? I can intervene and help you and I get credit. 3 active brain cells should be enough to understand this but it’s not a brain issue—it’s a heart issue. You won’t allow yourself to think properly.

      • beelzebubba

        Yep… If an earthquake doesn’t happen, the gods have been appeased . If the ground quakes, the gods are angry. If the quake collapses a building and an infant is crushed, he must have had it coming. Maybe he didn’t become potty-trained soon enough and had to be punished for disobedience. Believers have to deny there are gray areas or they start having doubts.

  • Michelle

    What was this person doing with “friends” in the car? Kill yourself, not someone else’s kid. The bail is absolutely correct and hopefully will be followed up with a very stiff jail sentence., starting with fleeing a felony car stop. The officer’s lives were put in harms way. They need to make a statement. And shame on the “loser” parents for disrespecting the cour system by stomping out. I guess who would expect anything differently, then, from their loser son. And like another writer said, if someone would have been killed, the “loser” would have offered some sort of lame apology.

  • frankiecarbone

    Natural selection. Nature attempts to improve the gene pool based on the fact that idiots will kill themselves …… Hopefully before they are able to reproduce.

    • beelzebubba

      short and sweet

  • Anthony in Maspeth

    Joseph Skalka should have been killed in the crash- his mother is a dog for having him- he easily could have killed innocent people- to hell with the Skalka family

    • beelzebubba

      My dog is smarter than her son. He expects an apology.

  • Mike

    Racing is fine, it’s a risk an individual takes on himself. By racing on the highway, what they did was take chances with other, unwilling people’s lives, for their pleasure. If somebody had gotten burned or killed at that gas station it would have been “Hey, sorry man, I didn’t mean it.” They deserve to get their butts kicked by the court.

  • dan corica

    this is what you get when you take away the legal local tracks and dont give us a place to play

    • shredder

      Please stay away from the drag strips. This is where racers that are serious about safety come to race others that are serious about safety. I’d rather not line up against dangerous dirtbags who even try to justify street racing.

    • Glad I moved

      What!?! Islip and Westhampton have been closed for years. Why is now the time to complain about no tracks? This is all about stupid little schumks being jerks and doing things they saw in F&F – wake up, you’re living in real life, not a Hollywood movie.


    • R

      Idiot – buy the land yourself & build a strip. Stamp your foot like a 3 year old – “this is what you get when you take away the legal local tracks and dont GIVE (upper case added) us a place to play” – that may be the single most moronic statement I’ve seen in a year.

    • beelzebubba

      How ridiculous. Everyone knows it was up to the school system to raise these misfits properly… or we’re all to blame … blah, blah….

    • Tom W.

      You’re a moron Dan. Drag racing in a Neon? Really? Give you a place? We don’t have to GIVE you anything except time in jail.

    • dan

      Hell yes!

    • Harry Obrian

      No, this is what you get when you give uneducated immature children adult toys they can’t handle.
      If you can understand this question, do explain what gives you the right to do things like that just because you don’t have a track?

      • Tom W.

        This idiot couldn’t handle a Dodge Neon and somehow Dan thinks a track will transform him into a passable driver. It wasn’t the street that caused the accident, it was idiots with no experience driving.

    • JoeMama

      Dodge Neon?!?!? I’ll give you my kids Matchbox racetrack, stupid.

  • Anon

    What does this have to do with anything else? Drudge: Knock off the titalating fluff and fill. Report stories that affect the majority; otherwise, you’re no better than MSM.

    • beelzebubba

      Well that’s a little negative. Maybe Lindsay Lohan will read about these boys and they’ll have a threesome… surely that would be important news.

  • Digital Texan

    Speed is a drug craved by many. It is sad that there is no place for most to experience speed except on public roadways. If publicly accessible speedways were common I am pretty sure a lot less high speed mayhem would exist on the street.

    • CH3 NO2

      Don’t say Speed is a drug, the DEA will ban all RACING!!! The scope of this article
      is exactly why NHRA started 60 years ago. Street Racing is for morons.

  • Jim

    You city boys are clueless about autos and you just shoot off your mouths with no clue to how dumb you look.



    • Chill Rob G

      So putting cash based drag strip back in LI will generate lots of revenue and jobs? Malls and hotels will employ thousands of people and bring a variety (key word) of sales that will generate “lot of revenue” for SMB.

      A drag strip? will employ an 18 year old girl working the hot the hot dog stand, 3 guys on the track and 3 guys in the tower…..as for revenue, cash goes in the pocket and half is reported

      70% reduction!?!?! look at the facts

      There are over 41,000,000 speeding tickets written per year in the US. the top 3 states that writes those tickets are:

      1. Ohio
      2. Pennsylvania
      3. New York

      Now which one does not have a race track but made the top 3? And in case you didn’t know, PA and Ohio both have professional race tracks (Poconos and Midway respectively)

      …,. So 70% didn’t work for them, why would it work for us?

  • Caracarn

    145 mph is not particularly fast in this context. The cars in question actually feature very good brakes, handling dynamics, and in the case of the Evo eleventy billion computers designed to keep the shiny side up.

    I would submit that all else being equal, a pair of sport compact cars doing 145 mph in the dead of night is safer than your average soccer mom doing 90 on that very same stretch of road (which I see every day) in a SUV with the braking capacity of warm cheese, while applying makeup, yacking on the phone and screaming at her kids.

    The only issue at hand is that two young men got in over their heads and drove beyond their abilities. As the Judge correctly (and somewhat shockingly, given the location) said: This was a chain of bad decisions on the part of the young men involved.

    Banning cars isn’t the answer. Attempting to socially engineer competitive behavior out of young men isn’t the answer. The answer is holding people responsible for their actions, and ONLY their actions, not hand-wringing over what might have been.

    These guys will lose their driving privileges for some time, their cars, and be on the hook for no small amount of damage to private property for some time. In a nutshell, they’ll learn their lesson.

    • Shawn

      You sir, are a genius… This is the best comment that has ever been made about this story.. Cheers to you.

    • Robert

      Best comment here. While 145 is pretty fast for kids with limited experience at the edge of control at those speeds (hence the crash), you are absolutely right about the trucks, minivans and SUVs that are routinely driven well beyond anything like a safe speed.

      Well said Caracarn.

      • John Knight

        Robert & Caracarn, YES well said !!

    • Turbo99miata

      If your context is public roads with other vehicles, intersections, sidewalks and buildings, you are kidding yourself. These cars could not attain these speeds in a quarter mile nor on most road racing courses, they would be limited by the end of the track or an upcoming corner. In a controlled environment 145 mph is fast enough to cause major damage and/or kill a driver. No computer is going to save you at those speeds. The only thing you got right were the consequences involved.

      • Chill Rob G

        145 MPH x 3200lbs can cause death or destruction to anyone or anything in its way…still isn’t particularly fast?

  • CSI

    HAHAHA. Good for those loosers.

  • FormerResident

    It was only a matter of time… the LIE is fast to begin with when not congested… I’d be going 90 in the HOV lane and still had tailgaters regularly. If I was going to race, I’m not sure I’d pick the LIE. Then again, Sunrise isn’t much better.

  • sean patriot

    If they didnt die, they need to go to prison for 10 years. Why do we keep puting up with BS in this country?

  • Top Fuel

    This wasn’t Drag Racing, it was NASCAR racing NASCAR I tell ya!

    • wheagle

      This was…. Illegal street racing, by fools… NOT NASCAR OR DRAG RACING…. Both NASCAR and Drag Racing is controlled wit RULES at approved tracks…

  • Drifter007

    I have a hard time believing either of those cars will go 145MPH. Without a tailwind and a big cliff! :)

    • Rob

      It would have been cooler if it was a Corvette ZR1 and a Porche 997 Turbo.

      • TIMEBOMB


      • John Knight

        There would have been a hell of a lot more M.P.H. involved also !!!

    • EvoX

      The Yellow “Lancer” is actually the performance version called an Evo. The Evo 8 (2003-2005) pictured is easily capable of 155 right from the showroom floor. The Dodge “Neon” is actually a performance version also that is badged SRT4. With moderate modifications it could do similar speeds to the Evo. The Mitsubishi Evo’s are arguably the highest performance for the dollar car available today. Mid range they are faster than Lamborghini’s for less than $40K. Sub 5 seconds 0-60 and 1G on a skid pad.

    • 4G63

      The Lancer Evolution will do 145 no problem, if that was a Neon SRT-4, it can do upwards of 155, so I don’t know why you have a hard time believing it.

  • Mr. Skalka

    I am Joe Skalka’s dad. I am angry that my boy never made it home – he was on a beer run, and I was thirsty. Still am.

    • waltkowalski

      HaHa! Good one, excellent sarcasm

  • bruzz

    why does anyone need to own a car that goes faster than 55 mph???? time to ban sports cars!!!!

    • Monaco

      I got your sarcasm bruzz. Molon Labe.

      • bruzz

        thank God somebody did!!!!! sic semper tyrannis…..

    • sean patriot

      I say we ban you and your ilk instead

    • Vette Guy

      hey Bruzz, maybe the reason cars are not governed to top out @ 55MPH is because in Texas, there are some roads that have day time speed limits of 80 MPH. in other places, the limits range from 60-75 MPH. I hope that answers your question.

    • Sean

      Because the speed limit on our Interstates is 70MPH.

    • Vette Guy

      Why not ban books and free speech next? Then we can ban hand guns, all firearms, the right to assmble and last but not least, the right to vote. Geez.

      • bruzz

        that’s right, you will do as you are told by your superiors and will like it….

    • miller

      hello communism mr bruzz

      • bruzz

        ban baby ban. the sheeple don’t need fast cars…..

    • peedeenm

      You meant 75, right? I don’t know where you live, but the max speed of interstate highway’s is well in excess of 55. You must drive a model-t.

  • RDean

    Thomas: Try as you might, you cannot justify the kind of driving illustrated in this news story.

    The young man who won the Daytona 500 had years of on-track training, starting with carts when he was 5 or so, graduating to Legend cars in his teens, and finally getting a ride in the Nationwide series. He obviously had not only talent, but lots of help getting where he is today. He races on a track, where everyone else is going the same direction (most of the time), and is in the company of people who are as skilled as he is. Even there you see some wild accidents.

    That kind of driving is beyond the reach for someone whose entire training consists of High School driver’s ed, and tooling around in a hot rodded car with inadequate suspension and brakes.

  • maxtor

    those rice burners are not a bit faster than any other car on the highway. they just choose to drive them fast. they need their license taken for at least 5 years to maybe gain some sense.

  • Tim Ward

    It is inconceivable that the families would be angered by the bail set for these idiots. I have no doubt they are bragging about this even now in their reckless disregard for human life.

    • mikey

      Inconceivable? $7500 to come up with is a lot of lettuce. But anyway, a few questions :

      — I did not even know that a Dodge Neon could even go over 85 mph.

      — Does the judge think the young man is an imminent danger to the public with his car headed for the crusher? I think if I crashed my car that I wouldn’t be too anxious to go racing so soon after.

      — I wish I was one of these weirdo internet surfing slugs that had all day to look up and review the judges record to see if he has let any serious felony offenders released for less than the 75000$ bond he gave the drag racer. Any takers? I know there’s plent-o on a liberal site like cbs. Ahh, probably too busy trying to stalk Gov. Walker from WI.lol

      — “in their reckless disregard for human life.”– Tim Ward……….Is a suspect’s “regard for human life” the measuring stick we apply evenly to all who break the law. I don’t think this is an actual offense that one can be charged with. When a murderer is charged, does the perp’s regard for human life get tested to see how much his bail will be?

  • Doug

    Since when is a Dodge Neon a sports car. Neon’s are high school girls car. These kids obviously had more money than sense. A long sentence as a prizon biotch would be good for them.

    • Tom W.

      I’m willing to bet it was his Momma’s car.

    • Fred in NJ

      The Neon in its SRT configuration was a sports car with stunning performance and race records to prove it. Some stats:
      Car and Driver: 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, top speed 153 mph
      Sport Compact Car: 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, quarter mile 14.2 seconds.

      • Chill Rob G

        Stunning because it’s a Neon that cam go over 60mph.

    • Bobbar

      Since the SRT trim started embarrassing Mustang GTs in 2003.

      • LeeIacoca

        Not with 14.2 1/4 mile times, they didn’t.

      • Chill Rob G

        Started and ended in 2003. I’d like to see a stock SRT vs a stock GT today.

  • Bob

    they are lucky to still be on this earth. if the dad is angry about the stiff bail the judge set, he should redirect that anger towards his wreckless son. when you drive at speeds of over 145 MPH, you practically are covering the length of a football field in a little over one second. unless you are a trained race driver, you have no right driving at such excessive speeds, especially on public roads. these young and very foolish boys are lucky they didn’t kill anybody or maim anybody. i hope these boys don’t get their right to drive back for a long time because they are unsafe on the road

    • MWG

      I think the family was not angry about the bail but they were angry with the reckless behavior of the kids.

  • ancientstreetracer

    No one seriously injured. That’s cool.! Hey, when I was That age, and had hot cars, yeah, I street raced…all the time! Luckily I never had an incident such as this. Too bad the kid’s car was totaled! Build a track on L.I., and you may stop some of this. However, Englishtown, actually kind of sucks, so don’t follow their program! These kids are building things that can run like that, and I commend them, for using their hands and heads! Most young people today, have to call AAA to put air in their tires, and couldn’t change a flat if their life depended on it…

    • Vette Owner

      I am an aancient street racer too. Englishtown or any raceway you speak of are quarter mile tracks. These cars would travel about 13 seconds before they acheive a speed of about 100 MPH, and slow down after they hit the traps. Do you have any idea how lng it took for these two vehicles took to get to speeds in excess of 140 MPH? These kids were wreckless because they had to be driving at high speeds for an extended period of time, endangering numerous lives in the process. I was a silly street racer too at one time. Our races were where other drivers were not and once we crossed the 1/4 mile line, we let off. Nobody ever did something as stupid as these kids. Don’t commend kids for something they didn’t build either. the Lancer Evo comes out of the factory as an legit 13 second car. If they install a NO2 kit, then they bring it into the 12’s. Stupid kids!

      • GaCracker

        Shows how much you know. Those cars are regularly running 11’s at the dragways all over the U.S. I have a 6cyl S/C Grand Prix that runs in the high 10’s, No NOS needed.

        Stupid kids do stupid things and they are lucky nobody was killed, maybe the stiff fine will teach them to take it to the track!

    • Don Newman

      Also, don’t you think the article misrepresented the type of racing? It doesn’t read like they were “Drag Racing”, unless it was referring to the drivers attire. Any kind of street racing is dangerous because its not a closed course, but today these kids have little skills which makes it even worse.

  • anno

    the spelling might be wrong, last name j. skarka. check it out.

  • j s glenn

    they put other people’s lives in danger. there will be jail time’dad’ so be a man and save the bail money and give it to the lawyer. now look deep into yourself, realize how fortunate you are that no innocent people died and grab your son’s attention. this is a life changing moment for these parents so i wish them good luck but they better get a grip on these kids.they should be mad at these kids,not the system.be humble you are very very lucky. everyone should learn from this so talk to your kids and i’m going to talk to mine.

  • bushelfoote

    It may sound stupid to some of ya,but,This is proof that what we REALLY NEED are roads that are labled “ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK” and the people on them are allowed to go as fast as they choose or are able…..things WILL LEVEL OUT,MAN…..and we will have learned ourselves how to operate at higher speeds better…remember how they used to say about certain cars…”It’ll pass everything on the road but a gas station”…..I would want a Suped-Up Tesla Roadster……at 150mph I wonder how many Kwhs it would take and how far I could go at that speed….in the above case everybody got very lucky…….I’ve heard of people getting away with 140 topped out and nothing bad happened……and then I heard anything over 100 was considered criminal……have you noticed how everything today is labeled a felony by the law???Soon it’ll be Felonious for Spittin’ on the sidewalk……….Does anyone KNOW how EXILIRATING it is to go THAT FAST anymore????FREEDOM!!!! There was TIGER BLOOD in the gas tank!!! LOL

    • beelzebubba

      Yup. Once Moon Base alpha is complete and needs to be populated, this doofus pair would be perfect candidates… as long as they get enough solar radiation to sterilize them.

    • N8tive Texan

      Just takes a “bolt-on” aftermarket item to get the Tesla up to those speeds. Just bolt on a 502 with a 700R tranny. Actually, I would love to see someone put a real engine into a PRIUS… It would be hilarious to see one of those with engine sticking out of the hood and 700hp at the wheels.

  • GSP commuter

    They need to be in rehab for a “speed” addiction. Glad no one was hurt.

  • Ben

    These idiots are stupid for racing on the LIE to begin with.

    • thomas

      When the winner of the Daytona 500 in 2011 is 20 years old yes they are equipped to drive at speeds that most police are inept to compete The wakeup call is to put a track on long island or somewhere within nyc to allow them the ability to compete legally the only reason why it is illegal is because there is no legal way for the youth to pursue their craft its unfortunate that this happened but when there is no legal means for them to pursue their hobby it forces illegal means to satisfy the hunger.

      • ned

        thomas, you’re an idiot.

      • TOM


      • Don Newman

        I wish that would work Thomas. I believe if ask any driver who does race legally, they will tell you great stories of all their ‘illegal’ racing. It seems that only age eventually wizens you up. Who knows? Maybe this $75,000 bail might work too.

  • big daddy

    While all this was going down, I was eating a mortadella sandwich down the block

    • BillyGoat

      And this is relevant how?

  • John

    If that was my Dad he would of told the judge make the bail higher and throw away the key, then beat the day lights out of me for embarrassing the family for stupidity.

    • Don Newman

      Exactly John. Those parents attitude says a lot about why the kids have no regard for the law. My Dad would have done it a little differently than yours though. He would have had a private chamber meeting with the judge which upon returning the judge would’ve agreed to release me, and I would’ve been begging, “NO NO, I want to stay in jail. Don’t release me to my father!”.


    Poor Car….I hope it gets better soon!

  • Rob M

    You may not know these people, which is quiet obvious by your comment, but I am a close friend to them both and I know how stupid this whole thing was but I am happy I didn’t lose any friends today. I also would not speak without prior knowledge of someone else, I grew up with them and can tell you that they’re home lives weren’t exactly the greatest. It was just a series of bad choices and I am glad I didn’t end up in the car with them that night.

    • duder

      Your friends are F@ggots and deserve to die
      just sayin

    • beelzebubba

      Hey Rob M… your thinking sounds like your friends. Look, they could have easily killed someone. Nobody has a right to do anything that obviously endangers others. Peoples rights end when they infringe on someone elses rights. Society can’t exist with self-centered morons like you. That’s why we have jails. If you and your friends end up in one, it’s because of your bad choices. Can your anti-social, narcissistic mind grasp that concept?

    • TT

      I recommend if you have any brains that you find new friends.

      • JU KNOW

        sounds like you quit everything when it gets tough there tt.. i think if you wouldnt suport your friends if they did this .. your friends should finde new friends cuz they dont need ones like you!

      • Rob Needs New Friends

        JU KNOW, you shouldn’t befriend people like that to start with. What morons support friends that behave like criminals. If I did befriend such people, then yeah they go bye bye real quick. I really hope they make examples of out of these buffoons. Its rare these idiots survive. Pity darwinism didn’t play its part here.

    • Chill Rob G

      “would not speak without prior knowledge of someone else”?! They Tripled the speed limit, crashed and burned someone’s place of business, risked the lives of your friends, motorists AND pedestrians, and have NO RESPECT for the LAW or the people who enforce the law. They could be Alter Boys for all I care. Wake up son! People are judged by their actions period……and their actions deserve jail time.

      “it was just a bad series of choices”!?! Really?! Here are two examples of a bad series of choices…. “The chicken in my Chicken and Broccoli was pink and rubbery, but I still chowed down” or “She smelled funny down there and i still slept with her.”

      I guess hijacking a plane and flying it into the world trade center was also a series of bad choices…then again you were only 10 or 11 and still plying with Tickle Me Elmo.

      “I grew up with them and can tell you that they’re home lives weren’t exactly the greatest” oh OK…that explains it….dismiss the charges and let them go free….WTH! poor babies…Jewel Kilcher lived out of a fkn van and still managed to become a successful singer whether or not you like her music. A bad upbringing is more of a reason for higher education. I’m not a father yet but I know I want my kids to have a better life than i did.

      Look, I’m no saint, I’ve taken both my vette and cobra above the speed limit plenty of times, but when I want to unleash my rage or just have fun, I take it to Lime Rock, Poconos or VIR.

      I won’t even comment about your girly remark on how glad you were not to end up in your so called friends car.

  • Mr. Armenia

    It was very foolish what these kids did and they need to be punished.

    The police officer involved should be investigated for pursing this chase.

    • HMR

      If you read the article, the police didn’t chase the cars, they radio’d ahead to police cars further down the LIE.

      • Mr. Armenia

        HRM that makes a little more sense but still you can incite a police right by advertising a drag race

    • Chill Rob G

      Really? You’re worried about the guy who puts his life on the line every waking moment to enforce the law so you and I could live a better life than those in some other unstable nation. Forget about the kids that broke several laws and endangered other peoples lives. lets indite the officer who did his job.

      Is calling over the the cop down the road via radio and telling them there are speeders racing on the L.i.E considered “advertising drag racing”. I just don’t get it.

  • fritz

    EXTERMINATE THAT ENTIRE GENE POOL NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dan Te

    My Acura TSX can beat these boys anytime.

    • JumpinJackFlash

      My 6.3 will eat you alive. Like won ton..”Its really that fast!”

    • Jay

      Clearly u really dont know anything about cars 4g63 poops all over V-TEC

      • Jose

        The hell with all of you, my Pinto can kick all your sorry cheap-ass cars!!!

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    E46fanatics.com ftmfw

  • antonio

    Idiots. And who races a neon, what’s the world coming to :(

    • Josh DeSousa

      Neon srt 4’s against evo’s are strict competition. STI’s, Evo’s, and SRT-4’s are all close competition.

      B18 Turbo ftw.

      • Anthony

        Educate yourself dumdass. EVO’s and STI’s are competition, which are both “ALL WHEEL DRIVE”. SRT-4’s are front wheel drive. They’re nothing alike.

    • jj

      you know nothing about cars clearly

      • jj

        that was in response to antonio btw

  • Marcus

    I could care less if the kids made it out alive. My concern is who won the race?

    • Anthony

      The Evo won stupid. Did you see how the neon looked?!

  • Vinny

    sad thing is when i was their age i did the same things, yea its stupid but the truth is long island is made up of aholes who wont allow a drag strip out east. so guess we have to continue using the streets. by the way up bringing has nothing to do with it, in theory you would actually need money and a stable home life to be able to afford these cars at such young ages. so for the first overly protective parent to say its another parents neglect, they will clearly indicated they stupidity with parenting.

  • ls

    Anonymous- Quite funny and compassionate comment. Frankly the donuts at this gas station suck. Could be that the guy was tring to take out the donut stand??

  • Sergeant Friday

    Lets look for part of this problem:

    “His angry family and friends stormed out of the courtroom.”

    Any questions?

    • Debbie McIntosh

      i would of done the same thing

    • Chill Rob G

      If i was a parent, I wouldn’t publicly be enraged towards my son. I’d show that we are supporting family no matter the situation. At home is a different story…just like Hilary Clinton publicly stayed by Bills side, at home I’m sure it was a different story!

  • stoneman

    I’m glad the judge set the bail at 75,000.A well deserved amount set for two dumb fools who have no regard for other people on the road,or near the road for that matter.They could have killed someone.

  • John Ash

    Sounds like two morons, They won’t live throught another year. Guess their friends and family will be angry when they get the funeral bill!

  • karen s

    good for the judge setting “high” bail. should have been in the 6 figures as far as i’m concerned. how would they have reacted had they had to identify remains in the morgue, or make daily trips to a burn unit. what if if was another family/families hurt by the actions of their “little darling.” hope all those arrested have had their licenses revoked. mass transit or bicycles for them.

  • bully

    Just goes to show you how f.o.s. the cops are
    The only way a neon can go 145 is if it went off a cliff

    • BULLYisanIDIOT

      the dodge neon was probably a modified SRT-4
      the yellow lancer was an evolution

      gj smart guy.

      • Rice rocket

        Yeah ok. Not even a srt-4 can get over 80mph. The kid should be shot for even driving that car

    • jj

      bully and rice rocket, also clearly know nothing about cars. read a book and gain some knowledge before you make dumb comments

    • ol school

      these kids are doing it wrong. When we were in high school we’d race out in the country on rough roads. I’d do 150 in a 1971 Cutlass SX 455 with absolutely no turbos, computers or safety equipment of any kind, what’s a seatbelt?

      • Chuck Wiegert

        Used to do the same thing in a ’67 Plymouth GTX, with a 426 Hemi. Never tried it on rough roads though. I think it had a seatbelt somewhere.

  • mak

    Why was Jospeh Skalka’s family angry? Were they angry with him for his stupidity or angry with the $75000 cash bail?

    • Anonymous

      Of course the family is angry with the high bail. A person with a good upbringing would never even think about drag racing.

      I was hoping to read that all participants of the race died in the crash.

      • kentex1146

        How would I feel if they’d burned up in the crash?


      • sarcasm

        a peson with a good upbringing would never think of drag racing. wow well welcome to reality not everyone has a good upbringing but even kids that do still steal there parents cars and get into accidents all the time. its called an accident for a reason

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