The deaths were confirmed to CBS2 by Princeton University, where Nash taught. The couple lived in Princeton.
The same driver is accused of another hit-and-run earlier in the evening, in which he struck a car, cops said.
Authorities said police were chasing a suspect who had fled on foot when the accident happened.
Just before 4:30 a.m., a 2001 Nissan Maxima was traveling eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway in Jamaica and lost control coming off the roadway, police said.
The accident took place at around 9 a.m. off exit 14 of the Henry Hudson Parkway.
According to a study by the University of British Columbia, the number of wrecks climb 17 percent during the first week after the clocks spring forward.
Neil Prabhu, of Ossining, was charged with DWI after, police say, he crashed into another car while driving the wrong way on Route 9A in Briarcliff around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Two people were killed in a multivehicle crash on the New England Thruway in Rye on Monday afternoon, police said.
Felicia Burl is accused of being at the wheel of a 2002 Nissan Altima that ran a red light near the Greenwich-Stamford line and slammed into a station wagon Nov. 7.
According to police, one vehicle may have been going doing the wrong way of the BQE just before a head-on collision.
Authorities said the group was returning to Brooklyn following a family gathering.