1 dead, 4 injured after serious crash on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND — One person died and four were injured after a serious crash on the West Shore Expressway on Staten Island early Saturday morning.

A Dodge Charger collided with a Honda SUV while both cars were heading north on the expressway near Arden Road, police said.

39-year-old Dennis White of Brooklyn was killed as a result of the crash, police said. He was in the front passenger seat of the Dodge Charger.

Both drivers have been arrested and charged.

Jermaine Simmons, 38, was driving the Dodge Charger. He has been charged with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 and facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

Hernan Zhagui, 49, was driving the Honda SUV. He has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

The incident began when the Dodge Charger rear-ended the Honda SUV. The Honda was pushed into a Ford van, police said.

The Dodge then struck an overhead light on the right shoulder and overturned on an embankment. The driver, Simmons, and two rear seat passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. White was severely injured.

At the same time, the Honda drove into the center median and hit a guardrail, police said. Zhagui and two passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The Ford driver was able to come to a safe stop and sustained no injuries.

All passengers and drivers of the Dodge and Honda were taken to the hospital. White succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.