MANORVILLE, N.Y. — A former aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo is among the dead in a multi-car crash on the Long Island Expressway Sunday morning.
The crash happened around 9:30 Sunday morning near exits 68 and 69 in Manorville.
Suffolk County police say Carmelo Pinales, 26, of Hicksville was driving eastbound on the expressway when he lost control of his car. Pinales was on his way to Splish Splash in Riverhead.
The car veered across the grassy median before going airborne and striking two vehicles.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of those lost in the accident that occurred on Sunday morning on the Long Island Expressway," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Sunday. "While we are still learning more, at least three souls were killed and eight more injured in this terrible tragedy.
Pinales and his sister, Patricia Pinales, 27, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Carmelo's 10-year-old son Christopher was transported by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital. Police announced around 8:30 p.m., that Christopher had died.
A 3-year-old girl was also injured in the crash.
The driver of one of the vehicles struck, 29-year-old Scott Martella of Northport was pronounced dead at the scene. His fiancee was rushed to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
“I personally knew Scott Martella who was among those killed in the crash as he served in my administration for more than four years," said Gov. Cuomo. "Scott was a dedicated, beloved public servant who worked day in and day out to improve the lives of his fellow New Yorkers. Scott was always full of big ideas to help solve the toughest challenges of the day, and he was deeply respected for his strong work ethic, candor and fighting spirit. Long Island is a better place today because of his service and dedication to the community."
Martella was the communications director for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
"Scott dedicated his all too brief life to public service and to helping others. He is known across Long Island as a leader and a great man," said Bellone in a statement Sunday. "I asked Scott to join my team because I admired his intelligence, his wisdom and love of community and people. I will miss Scott's smile, his advice, his laugh, his sense of humor, his dedication and his drive."
The multi-vehicle collision caused major traffic delays.
Both westbound lanes were shut down by exits 68 and 69. By Sunday evening, police reopened the expressway.
Detectives are investigating reports that Pinales was speeding.
All three vehicles will be impounded for a safety check.