5 killed in New York after vehicle crashes into car full of teenagers while evading police
Five people were killed after a police escaped car collided with another vehicle full of teenagers in Yonkers, New York on Tuesday evening.
The police first tried to run over a white Infiniti sedan around 9:23 p.m. It was "unpredictable" as the driver sped away, Yonkers police said on Wednesday. The department said that even though officers "disengaged the driver and did not pursue" the car continued to accelerate "beyond reckless speeds".
The Infiniti collided with a Nissan that was manned by four 18-year-old men at an intersection with a force that caused the Nissan to split in half, police said. The teenagers died on the scene while the driver, a 36-year-old Mount Vernon resident, was rushed to a nearby hospital.
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The man identified as Devon Haywood later died of his injuries.
The mayor of Yonkers, Mike Spano, called the accident "nothing short of tragic" in a statement released by police on Wednesday.
"Four young lives have been cut short by one individual's ruthlessness," said Spano. "Let this be a lesson for anyone who drives at excessive speeds - it not only endangers your life, but the innocent life you share the road with."
Police identified the young men killed in the accident as Brandon Sierra, Randy Brisbane, Tamari Watkins and Anthony Cruz. Cruz graduated from Riverside High School and the other three teenagers were both Saunders Trades and Technical High Schools.
Steven Mazzola, director of Saunders Trades and Technical, described the school as a "close-knit community" in a statement released on Wednesday.
"Last night the Saunders family lost four great young men in a terrible accident. Randy, Tamari, Brandon and Anthony are missing but live forever in the heart of anyone lucky enough to be a member of the Saunders family," said Mazzola.
According to Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller, the authorities are conducting both internal and criminal investigations into the accident.
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