TOTTENVILLE, Staten Island (PIX11) — A third teenager has died from the injuries she sustained in a horrific Sunday night car crash on Staten Island that saw an allegedly speeding Ford Mustang split in two, according to authorities.
Fernanda Gil, 16, succumbed to her injuries at an area hospital, a short time after Jesie Gil and Ashley Rodriguez, both 15, were pronounced dead on the scene of the smash-up, police said. Officials provided the same Staten Island address for Fernanda and Jesie Gil, though the exact relationship between the two was not immediately clear.
The teens were passengers in a red Mustang being driven by a 16-year-old boy eastbound on Hylan Boulevard around 8:45 p.m., the NYPD said, alleging in a news release that the car was traveling “at an unsafe speed.” At the intersection of Richard Avenue, the driver of the Mustang swerved in an attempt to avoid a black GMC Yukon that was turning from the westbound lane of Hylan onto Richard, authorities said.
But the Yukon slammed into the driver’s side of the Mustang, propelling the car into a tree, officials said. The force of the collision with the tree cleaved the Mustang in half and ejected Rodriguez and Jesie Gil, who were riding in the back seat, according to authorities.
The front half of the Mustang, meanwhile, jumped the curb and uprooted a second tree before coming to a rest against a telephone pole, police said.
First responders pronounced Rodriguez and Jesie Gil dead on the scene, and rushed Fernanda Gil as well as the Mustang’s driver to an area hospital. The elder Gil also succumbed to her injuries, while the driver was in what police described as critical but stable condition.
Responders also transported five people from the Yukon to the same hospital, including the 47-year-old driver and an 11-year-old girl, all with what police described as minor injuries.
The driver of the Yukon was taken into custody for allegedly driving with a suspended license, according to authorities, who said that charges are pending in the deadly smash-up.