Three ladies were murdered when an alleged inebriated motorist in a Mercedes-Benz plowed into their livery car as they left a Sweet 16 celebration on Long Island.
According to the Nassau County Police Department, Dante Lennon, 22, was driving the Mercedes-Benz sedan that T-boned the 2010 Lincoln Town Car on the Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park on Saturday night.
The incident occurred at 11:11 p.m. Saturday night, right outside the Inn at New Hyde Park event site.
Three women who were passengers in the backseat of the Lincoln died at the scene. The driver and two other passengers were taken to the hospital in stable condition.
A worker at the venue told CBS2 that the women who were killed had just left a Sweet 16 party.
‘Very disturbing, never seen that ever in my life,’ Jaylen Augustin said. ‘I just hope — why would that happen, I just can’t believe it.’
Surveillance video shared with CBS2 shows the driver of the Lincoln slowly trying to take a left onto Jericho Turnpike when a Mercedes suddenly plows into it. Both cars are seen flying down the street from the impact.
A witness, who works at the nearby Table 7 restaurant, told CBS that he heard a loud bang, ran outside and saw the mangled cars.
‘Right away, I just see a Mercedes-Benz coming through crashing into an Uber driver that was turning,’ he said. ‘It looked like a T-bone, a little bit, and it was devastating. It was, like, elderly people that was in there, just really sad.’
Lennon of Freeport was charged with a DWI and three counts of vehicular manslaughter. He was transported to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Lennon will be arraigned in court at a later date when it is medically possible, police said.