Four bridesmaids were killed in an accident that involved a pickup truck crashing into their party limousine on Saturday.
The crash occurred after the limousine left a winery called Vineyard 48 on eastern Long Island during the bride-to-be’s bachelorette party. The vehicle was making a U-turn at a blinking traffic signal when a pickup crashed into the limousine, almost cutting it into half.
Lynne Lulfs, a witness, said, “The pickup truck was halfway through the limo.
“We saw bodies hanging out of the left side of the car. They looked like young girls. It was just arms, and heads and hair.”
As reported by Inquisitr, the accident took place along Route 48 in Cutchogue on Long Island’s North Fork.
While three of the bridesmaids died at the scene, the fourth was pronounced dead after she was taken to the hospital.
The ages of the deceased women were 24 or 25, according to Mirror.
Ted Webb, who was passing by, called 911 and rushed to the aid of the victims after seeing the crash.
Webb said that the truck was “embedded” into the limo. The two survivors of the crash “looked like they were in a state of shock” after seeing “what happened directly in front of them.”
“They weren’t screaming or shouting,” he said of the survivors. “They’re sitting in the back and they saw what happened directly in front of them.”
Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said the driver of the pickup truck, identified as Steve Romeo, stepped on the brakes but couldn’t make the truck come to a stop in time.
“[Romeo] hit the brakes right before and he broadsided the limo right on the passenger side,” Flatley said. “This is one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen.”
After the accident, Romeo was caught escaping from the scene but was later arrested. According to Southold Local, Suffold County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Miller confirmed that Romeo has been charged with DWI and held on $1million bond bail.
Romeo’s attorney Dan O’Brien denied that Romeo made any attempts to flee the scene. O’Brien further said that Romeo would plead not guilty.
Romeo and his business partner Kris Dimon, of the Romeo Dimon Marine Services, are currently facing a lawsuit over the death of 30-year-old Andrew Leone who was killed after a bucket fell from the skid steer loader that Romeo was operating and struck Leone on the head.
Leone, who suffered “severe head trauma,” had not been wearing a hard hat inside the warehouse.
Romeo and Dimon were fined $28,000 for four “serious” safety violations.
Dimon had said at the time, “It was a tragic accident; that’s all I can say. And my business or personal life will never be the same because of it.”
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