Three people are dead, including a former aide to Gov. Cuomo, and a 10-year-old boy is in critical condition, after a horrific three-car crash Sunday on the Long Island Expressway.
Carmelo Pinales, 28, was driving a gray Subaru Outback east on the expressway near Exit 68 in Manorville, possibly speeding, when he crossed the grassy median at 9:35 a.m. and went airborne, launching into a Honda and BMW going in the opposite direction, Suffolk County police said.
Pinales and his sister, Patricia, 27, died at the scene, and a helicopter airlifted his 10-year-old son, Christopher, to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
Scott Martella, 29, of Northport, who worked for Cuomo from 2011 to 2015, was driving the Honda, with his fiancée, Shelbi Thurau, 29, as a passenger.
He died on the scene, and Thurau was injured.
The injured also included Winnifer Garcia, 21, and Patricia Pinales’ 3-year-old daughter in the Suburu and Marvin Tenzer, 73, and his three passengers, Sandra Tenzer, 69, Isidore Adelson, 81, and Helen Adelson, whose age wasn’t available, in the BMW.
“While we are still learning more, at least three souls were killed and eight more injured in this terrible tragedy,” Cuomo said Sunday.
“I personally knew Scott Martella, who was among those killed in the crash as he served in my administration for more than four years. Scott was a dedicated, beloved public servant who worked day in and day out to improve the lives of his fellow New Yorkers.”
Martella worked as Cuomo’s Suffolk County representative, and later as the state Labor Department commissioner’s Long Island regional representative.
He started a new job in June as the communications director for Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone.