Jacque Louis, 39, of Brentwood, New York and Sean Anderson, 25, of Smithtown, New York died in the crash, News 12 Long Island reported. According to police, the men’s cars were heading west near Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon when they collided at about 4:00 p.m. last Friday.
An investigation is underway and details as to a possible cause have not been released. Investigators did say that Louis died at the scene and Anderson was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, News 12 Long Island wrote.
The crash shut down Southern State Parkway for hours on Friday as police continued with their investigation, according to News 12 Long Island. The investigation remained underway on Saturday, wrote Newsday.
Louis drove a red 2007 Ford Mustang, which collided with Anderson’s gray 2013 Subaru. According to authorities, the crash occurred east of Exit 39 on the Southern State Parkway near Udall Road, wrote Newsday. The cars collided, crashing into a wooded area off of the parkway’s shoulder, State Police Senior Investigator Thomas Hughes told Newsday. “The cause of the accident is still undetermined,” Hughes said. “But we are looking for eyewitnesses to the crash.”
Louis was a boxer, his sister Jen, who declined to provide her last name, told Newsday. “He was a fun-loving guy,” she said. “I will remember his laugh. He was a real jokester.” She also said that he was known for buying ice cream for neighborhood children and enjoyed letting his hair flow free when he lowered the top of his Mustang convertible.
Louis was a right-handed heavyweight boxer who went by the nickname, the “Haitian Warrior,” because of his smooth defensive style, said Tommy Rainone, a professional welterweight boxer who had trained with Louis at the Westbury Boxing Club since 2006. “He was a great guy,” Rainone told Newsday. “He was very humble and always had a smile on his face.”
Louis, who had a 3-1 professional record, fought at the Paramount in Huntington, the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, and at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach, Newsday wrote. Louis was also an amateur boxer and had competed in Golden Gloves competitions.
Anderson’s family was not immediately available for comment to Newsday.