A terrible car crash on Long Island killed a 17-year-old and hurt three other teens

On Long Island on Wednesday, a 17-year-old girl died and three other teens were hurt when the Mustang convertible they were in hit another car and flipped over.

Suffolk County Police said that Isabel Carella, of Smithtown, died in the terrible crash, and three teenage boys were hurt, two of them seriously. The convertible ended up on the back lawn of a home in Commack.

At 3:45 p.m., four high school students were driving along Indian Head Road in a convertible with the top down when the teen driving swerved to avoid another car and lost control.

Dominic Crocitto, who lives in Kings Park and is 17 years old, was driving the Mustang. Police say he lost control and went into the other lane, where he hit a Jeep going the other way.

Police say that the convertible then lost control, flipped, and landed on its wheels on the back lawn of a house on Ramsey Road.

At the scene, Carella was said to be dead.

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Three other passengers in the car were treated for injuries.

Crocitto and 16-year-old Kings Park passenger Joseph Gibiino, who was thrown out of the open convertible, both got very hurt.

Crocitto was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital in an ambulance, and Gibiino was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

Liam Feeley, 17, from Kings Park, was the third person in the Mustang. His injuries were not life-threatening, so he was taken to South Shore University Hospital.

Annalise Wilkes, 19, of Commack, who was driving the Jeep, was also taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

According to Newsday, Suffolk County Det. Lt. Michael Crowley said at a press conference on Thursday that investigators don't think speeding or using drugs or alcohol had anything to do with the crash.

"The driver of the Mustang may have been distracted, but we don't know yet if speed was a factor," Crowley said.

Three of the four high school students in the Mustang go to Kings Park High School.

In a message to parents, Superintendent of Kings Park Schools Timothy Eagen said, "I am deeply saddened to tell you that earlier today there was a very serious car accident on Indian Head Road in Commack that involved four Kings Park High School students. One of them was a senior and the other three were juniors."

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It is believed that alcohol, drugs, and speeding did not cause the crash.

He said that there will be counselors at the high school to help students deal with the death of Carella, who was a senior at the school and a member of the varsity kickline team. Carella was killed in an accident.

Newsday says that Carella loved to dance and had been a part of the Sara Jean Dance Company in Smithtown for the past two years.

Isabel Carella
Isabel Carella, a student at Kings Park High School and member of Sarah Jean Dance Company, was declared dead at the scene.
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“She was a confident dancer, but she was humble, even though she had very good abilities,” owner Sara Jean Haas told the outlet. “She [was] a very positive girl.”

The KIngs Park High School PFA has begun a fundraiser to offset expenses for the Carella family.


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