Second teen dies in LI crash

Accident took place near high school
April 11, 2008 7:56:37 PM PDT
Authorities say a second teenager has died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in West Hempstead, Long Island, Thursday.The second victim is identified as 17-year-old Quinntin McDonald.

Thursday, 17-year-old Saul Hernandez Lopez was declared dead at Winthrop University Hospital shortly after the crash.

The incident happened in the 400 block of Nassau Boulevard, near West Hempstead High School.

Police say three students were traveling north in a 2007 Mazda when the driver moved into the southbound land to try and pass a car. Authorities say the driver lost control of the vehicle, sideswiped a telephone pole and crashed into a dumpster full of concrete.

Witnesses say the car was traveling at a high rate of speed.

"They hit this thing at full force," witness Jim Ayala said. "It's almost like there were no brakes involved."

The driver of the 2007 Mazda sedan, 17-year-old Herbert Martinez, is in critical condition at Nassau University Medical Center.

The crash happened in a 20 mile-per-hour school zone.

"It's just a tragedy," a student said. "It's just horrible."


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