The crash occurred just after midnight Monday, according to CBS New York. The driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro was traveling south on the parkway when he lost control of his vehicle. The car struck the cement center median before crossing the traffic lanes and hitting a tree, CBS New York reported.
The driver, a 22-year-old male, and his passenger, a 31-year-old man, were both killed, police said. The impact of the accident was so severe that it split the car in half, According to 7Online.com,
The two friends were said to be heading home to Roosevelt from a Garden City bowling alley. State police said the younger male was behind the wheel when he lost control of the vehicle.
An investigation revealed that speed was a likely factor.
The story does not end there, though. A New York State Police car was struck by another passing vehicle as a trooper blocked lanes to divert traffic from the accident. The trooper was taken away on a stretcher, and is said to be recovering from minor injuries, CBS New York reported.
The driver who hit the police cruiser was dazed but otherwise unharmed.
Two officers were also hurt in a separate accident on Monday
The injuries occurred after Suffolk County police officers pulled over a dark-colored SUV on Partridge Lane in Huntington at about 1:35 p.m. While attempting to flee the scene, the drivers hit the officers.
Medics airlifted Suffolk County Police Officer, Nicholas Guerrero, age 36, to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition with a serious head injury, MyFoxTwinCities.com reported. The second officer was treated at Stony Brook and released.
The driver of the SUV abandoned the vehicle in Commack and then allegedly carjacked a Toyota Camry from a woman and then drove away, MyFoxTwinCities.com reported. However, police tracked the car to the parking lot of a Target in Central Islip and arrested two suspects.