Five people were killed after a man involved in a high-speed car chase collided in another car full of teenagers on Tuesday night in Yonkers, New York.
Police initially attempted to pull over a white Infiniti sedan at about 9:23 PM that was driving in an “erratic manner” when the driver pulled away, Yonkers police said Wednesday. Officers chased the car, which continued to accelerate at “beyond reckless speeds.”
The Infiniti collided with a Nissan occupied by four 18-year-old men at a crossroads near a force that split the Nissan in two, police said. The teens died on the spot while the driver, a 36-year-old resident of Mount Vernon, was taken to a nearby hospital.
The man, identified as Devon Haywood, later died of his injuries.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano called the accident “downright tragic” in a statement released by police on Wednesday.
“Four young lives were cut short by one person’s recklessness,” said Spano. “Let this be a lesson to anyone who drives at high speeds – it endangers not only your life, but also the innocent lives with whom you share the road.”
Police identified the young men killed in the accident as Brandon Sierra, Randy Brisbane, Tamari Watkins and Anthony Cruz. According to Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller, authorities are conducting both an internal and a criminal investigation into the accident.