WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Two people — one of them a 4-year-old boy — were killed Sunday morning in a crash on Long Island.
The crash happened shortly before noon Sunday on Old Country Road near Merchants Concourse and the Source mall in Westbury, Nassau County police said.
Nassau County police said the driver appeared to have suffered a medical emergency that caused him to veer to the right and off the road. He jumped the curb and struck a tree, police said.
Philip Bogdos, owner of the nearby Majestic Diner on Old Country Road, told 1010 WINS bystanders tried in vain to help.
“We attempted to pull the people out of the car, but we were instructed by an off-duty EMT not to touch them because they may have neck injuries,” Bogdos said. “But there was nothing anyone could do – the bystanders. The 911 – the police, the ambulance came immediately, and they transported them.”
The 27-year-old woman in the front passenger seat and the 4-year-old boy in a booster seat in the back were both killed, police said.
Bogdos said the driver was calling for his wife and his son, who were the deceased victims.
Meanwhile, the car was totally demolished, Bogdos said.
“It appeared that the engine compartment had intruded into the passenger compartment, but the whole car had pretty much collapsed from the impact,” he said. “The structure of the car was so compromised by the impact.”
The driver, also 27, was hospitalized Sunday night in serious, but stable, condition. He suffered multiple injuries.
The car, a 2003 Mitsubishi, has since been towed by police. It has been replaced by a memorial to the victims.
No criminal charges were planned for the accident, police said.
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