Five people — including two brothers — were killed in a tragic weekend smash-up on Long Island, according to police and a local report.
The 11:15 p.m. Saturday crash occurred when a Nissan Maxima, heading west on Montauk Highway near Quogue Street in the village of Quogue, struck an eastbound Toyota Prius head-on, Newsday reported.
The driver of the Prius, Farhan Zahid, 32, of Bay Shore, was pronounced dead on scene, police said.
Three passengers, Michael O. Farrell, 20, and James P. Farrell, 25, both from Manhasset, and Ryan J. Kiess, 25, also of Manhasset, also died of their injuries on scene, authorities said.
Brianna M. Maglio, 22, of Garden City, was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition.
The Farrells are brothers and Maglio is Kiess’ girlfriend, according to Newsday.
The driver of the Nissan Maxima, Justin B. Mendez, 22, of Brookhaven, was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Investigators believe excessive speed by the Maxima may have played a role in the crash, though an investigation is underway.
Kiess and James Farrell played lacrosse together and were classmates from elementary through high school, Ryan’s parents, Kurt and Nina Kiess, told Newsday.
They got an Uber around 10:30 p.m. that night and were heading somewhere to dance, the parents said.
“It’s surreal. I’m in shock still,” Nina Kiess told the outlet. “You never want your children to predecease you. It breaks our heart. We see this happen on TV. … Then all of a sudden, boom, you have it happen to you. It’s like a nightmare. It’s a nightmare.”
Bill Cherry, who coached boys lacrosse at Manhasset High School from 2007 until his 2016 retirement, remembered Kiess and the Farrells fondly.
“I coached all three of them over the years and it’s just unbelievable,” Cherry told Newsday. “These were great kids, three-sport athletes, who played football, basketball and lacrosse … This is so senseless, so heartbreaking.”