A 17-year-old girl died and three other teenagers were injured in a car accident after the vehicle collided with another and overturned on Wednesday.
Isabel Carella died in the tragic accident that left the Mustang convertible in the back of a home in Long Island, New York, police said.
Three teenage boys were also injured – two seriously – when the high schoolers drove with the top down. The driver swerved to avoid another car before losing control.
Dominic Crocitto, 17, was driving the Mustang when it slid into the oncoming lane and collided with a Jeep traveling in the opposite direction.
The car spun, rolled over and landed upright on the back lawn of a home in Commack, Suffolk County.
Isabel was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two of the boys, Crocitto and Joseph Gibiino, 16, were thrown from the open vehicle and sustained serious injuries.
Crocitto was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital and Gibiino to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.
Liam Feeley, 17, was the third passenger in the car. He was taken to South Shore University Hospital to be treated for his non-life-threatening injuries.
The Jeep’s driver, Annalize Wilkes, 19, was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to Michael Crowley, Detective Lt. Michael Crowley of Suffolk County, investigators do not believe speeding or driver disturbances were a cause of the accident.
“The preliminary cause of the crash appears to be distraction on the part of the Mustang’s operator, but we have no evidence that speed was a factor at the time,” he said.
Timothy Eagen, the superintendent at Kings Park Schools, released a message to parents about the crash.
“I am deeply saddened to report that there was a very serious car accident this morning on Indian Head Road in Commack involving four students from Kings Park High School – one senior and three juniors,” the statement said .
Grief counselors will be available at the high school to help students cope with the crash and Isabel’s death. She was a senior at the school and a member of the varsity kickline team.
According to Newsday, Isabel, who is known to her friends and family as Issie, was part of the Sara Jean Dance Company for over two years.
“She was a confident dancer, but she was humble even though she had very good skills,” said owner Sara Jean Haas. “She [was] a very positive girl.
Kings Park High School’s PFA held a fundraiser to help cover expenses for Isabel’s family.
“Recently in May, she received the Musical Theater Award for choreographing the dance numbers for our spring musical,” read GoFundMe.
“Issie was getting ready for prom and high school graduation later that month. Issie wanted to attend Suffolk Community College to continue her education.”
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