On Tuesday night, five people died in Yonkers, New York, after another man in a high-speed chase collided with a car.
Yonkers Police reported on Wednesday that police initially tried to pull over a white Infinity sedan at about 9:23 a.m., which was operating “erratically”. Officers followed the car, which continued speeding “beyond reckless speed”.
Police said Infiniti collided with a Nissan occupied by four 18-year-old men at a crossroads, causing Nissan to split in half. The teen died on the spot, while the driver, a 36-year-old Mount Vernon resident, was taken to a nearby hospital.
The man, identified as Devon Heywood, later died of his injuries.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano called the crash “tragic no less” in a statement released by police on Wednesday.
“Four young lives were cut off by one person’s negligence,” Spano said. “Let this be a lesson to all those who drive at extreme speeds – it not only endangers your life, but also lives with the innocent people with whom you share the road.”
Police identified the young men killed in the accident as Brandon Sierra, Randy Brisbane, Temari Watkins and Anthony Cruz. According to Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller, officers are conducting an internal and criminal investigation into the accident.