SAYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Two cars were ripped apart Monday after a horrific crash that followed a police chase on Long Island.

After a seven-mile pursuit, Suffolk County deputy sheriffs pulled over a black Lincoln Town Car, carrying passengers suspected in connection with a robbery at the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead. When the officers got out of their car, the three suspects sped off.

A few minutes later, the Town Car smashed into a silver Subaru on Sunrise Highway Service Road in Sayville.  A female passenger was killed and her husband, who was driving the vehicle, was injured.

The victim’s name has not been released. Her 61-year-old husband suffered a punctured lung.

“My sister-in-law come to see us today and on their way here, they got into that traffic and they had to detour and come around,” one man told CBS 2’s Emily Smith.

Local residents lamented that such tragedies could happen at any time.

“It could’ve been anybody. If I didn’t stop for coffee, it could’ve been me,” one man said.

“We don’t realize the things that go on every day, how you could just be at one corner and then you’re here today and gone tomorrow,” another man said.

None of the passengers in the Lincoln Town Car suffered life-threatening injuries. The female suspect driving the alleged getaway car was taken into custody.

Police were pursuing the Lincoln with lights and sirens, but were nowhere near the scene of the accident.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments (18)
  1. Gregg says:

    Crime has come to Long Island big time ! I read every day about some crime or worse,a shooting has happened in Suffolk or Nassau county. We are living in a violent society with too many people out of work and no jobs ! I am so sick of our Government always being reactive instead of proactive ! We have over one million Illegal immigrants living and working in New York and being payed off the books by cheap employers ! We have tens of thousands of Illegal weapons on our streets ! All of this did not happen in a week ! Wake up America !!

  2. chatty cathy says:

    Wow so many stupid comments on here.So we should let these people get away everytime.The cops did not kill this person it was the 3 lowlife career criminals make a example out of them they took a life give all 3 life.

  3. fartbox8000 says:

    sue the cops??!!! nah sue the criminals. never forget we are in america and on top of that NY, i don’t care how poor these people were or how up against it they were, there was at least one person form wherever they grew up that stayed in school(or maybe even became cops) and beat the odds…stop lowering the bar!!!! rap music has taught me this!

    the moon construction jobs is a great idea by the way

  4. Bell Toller says:

    The police dept may be sued for excessive force for not calling off the pursuit

    1. Onslow says:

      You may be correct. Many departments are calling off pursuits for just this reason.

      My heart goes out to the poor gentleman who lost his wife in this absolutely senseless tragedy.

  5. Jimmy says:

    How dare you run away from me, . I’ll chase you down until I catch you or you crash. Nice Thinking. Maybe the wanted to get on that COPS TV show.

  6. Moon Them says:

    The problem is there are not enough police to do this. Unlike the movies there are not police cars around every corner. Taxpayers can’t afford anymore police salary.

    1. mak says:

      Oh, bunk. These are Suffolk County cops. The reality of it is that they probably couldn’t get their fat arses out of the diner booth fast enough to catch these people.

      Either that or they were sleeping on their $100,000 jobs.

      1. Dave says:

        $100,000 !!!!!! They make a lot more than that. But nonetheless, you are exactly right.

  7. Silence Dogood says:

    Those crininals should be hung!

  8. HIP 10344 says:

    The jails on Earth are packed. It’s time to build some penitentiarys on the Moon and on Mars. Rehabilitate them into Construction Astronauts and make them terraform the Moon and Mars.

  9. Tony says:

    Will somebody please answer me a question
    As to when police departments are gonna deploy the taser with a red beam that you aim
    At a getaway car and it cuts the car off and then end of chase even California with all their chases doesn’t use it what are they waiting for

    1. Tony says:

      According to the article the police were not near the getaway car. I never heard of that red beam you are talking about. I don’t think the tax payers would want to pay for that anyway they are taxed enough.

    2. ingru says:

      I do not know, But I love your idea it will solve the problem and innocent lives will be spared.

  10. tom the bomb says:

    Unreal… they should send all of those thugs to the chair…they were gonna get caught – to put everyone elses life in jeopardy is so reckless and shows no regard for human life. POS !! all of them !

  11. Howie Sprague says:

    The female who was driving the Town Car deserves the death penalty.

  12. Stopthethugculture says:

    What the hell is happening to long island?

    1. Moon Them says:

      I think the police will have to come up with more creative ways to catch crooks. Like shutting down a certain exit, or putting tire spokes to puncture the thug’s wheels, etc. Maybe a police robot, like RoboCop.

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