Fifth teen dies after head-on crash in Farmingdale

FARMINGDALE, Long Island (PIX11) – A fifth teenager has died after the car he was traveling in over the weekend collided head-on with an SUV, killing four of his friends, police said Monday.

The crash happened shortly after midnight Saturday along a notoriously dangerous stretch of road in Farmingdale, authorities said.

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Investigators inspect a gnarled Nissan carrying five teens — four of whom died — after it crossed into oncoming traffic on Conklin Road in Farmingdale, Long Island, and slammed into an SUV on May 10, 2014. (Photo: PIX11)

Five teens between the ages of 14 and 18 were traveling west on the Conklin Street when the male driver drove into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with an SUV.

Two male passengers were ejected from the Nissan, police said. Two other passengers — a female and a male — were killed on impact. The Nissan’s driver was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The deceased have been identified as:

  • Tristan K. Reichle, 17, of Farmingdale;
  • Jesse J. Romero, 18, of South Farmingdale;
  • Carly Lonborg, 14, of South Farmingdale;
  • Noah Tziamihaf, 15, of Farmingdale;

Cody Talanian, 17, of Farmingdale, became the final Nissan passenger to succumb to his injuries. He was pronounced dead 10 p.m. Sunday at a hospital, police said Monday morning.

Investigators did not immediately identify which victim was driving the sedan at the time of the crash. Both the Nissan and the SUV have been impounded for brake and safety tests.

All of the victims had connections to Farmingdale High School, where grief counselors were on hand Monday to help students in the tight-knit community mourning the loss of their friends and classmates.

John Lorentz, superintendent for the Farmingdale School District, said four of the victims were current students and one was a graduate of Farmingdale High School.

“This has been a heartbreaking time for our Farmingdale School District community as well as the greater Farmingdale community. There is nothing more devastating than losing a child. We extend our deepest condolences to the students’ families and friends,” Lorentz said in a statement.

“The Farmingdale School District will continue to provide the necessary resources, including grief counselors and support groups, to support our students and staff throughout the coming weeks during this difficult and emotional period.”

The SUV’s driver and a female passenger were taken to a hospital in serious condition, police said.

The cause of the collision has not yet been determined.

Neighbors told PIX11 News drivers often speed down the stretch of Conklin Street where the crash happened, saying that the roadway is often the scene of collisions.


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