BABYLON, N.Y. (AP/PIX11) — Authorities say a car veered off a New York highway, struck a tree and burst into flames, killing five people, including two children.
State police said early Sunday that a Honda Accord driven by 37-year-old Brooklyn resident Myriam Labrun was traveling westbound on the Southern State Parkway on Long Island when it left the highway just before 11 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle struck a tree before bursting into flames near exit 38.
Officials say two adults, including Labrun, one teenager and two children in the vehicle died in the crash. The passengers have been identified as Marcus Jeanty, 14, Marcel Jeanty, 9, Kayla Keanty, 8, and Moise Yolande, 68.
A Good Samaritan named Thomas Bennett stopped his car when he saw the smoke from the crash. He said he witnessed another man try to pull a body out of the fiery crash, but he was unable to.
State police say it's not clear what caused the car to leave the highway. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Anyone with information relating to this investigation is urged to contact SP Farmingdale at (631) 756-3300.