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Five people dead following multi-vehicle crash on Long Island Expressway

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Manorville, NY, United States (NewsBahn) – Five people are dead and six people were injured following a multi-vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway in which a former aide to Gov . Andrew Cuomo, a father and his young son and the boy’s aunt perished.

Police are investigating the role of vehicle speed in the crash, which occurred about 9:30 a.m. Sunday near exit 68 in Manorville .

Carmelo Pinales of Hicksville was allegedly speeding eastbound on the LIE and was said to have lost control of his Subaru Outback, crossed the median and going airborne in the process. His vehicle then crashed into a BMW and a Honda that were traveling westbound one of the nation’s most-traveled highways.

“There is some road work in that area and there is, up on the bridge, there’s some steel plates on the road and it’s possible that the driver was alarmed by the change in surface,” Suffolk County Chief of Detectives Gerard Gigante told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. “Or, it appears he was traveling at a high rate of speed, may have over braked.”

New York government officials are mourning the loss of Scott Martella , a former aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo who more recently worked for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone .

“The hundreds of people Scott has worked with over the years and the thousands of people whose lives he has positively impacted would describe him as nothing short of an amazing person,” Bellone said in a statement.

“Scott was deeply respected for his strong work ethic, candor and fighting spirit,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Long island is a better place today because of his service and dedication to the community.”

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