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3 women killed by allegedly drunk driver after Sweet 16 party in LI

Three women were killed in a late-night crash by an accused drunk driver on Long Island on Saturday after exiting a Sweet 16 party, police and sources said.

The accident happened at 11:11 p.m. Saturday in New Hyde Park outside an event space on the Jericho Turnpike, where a driver of a Mercedes-Benz sedan rammed into a Lincoln Town Car carrying a driver and five other passengers belonging to the Nassau County Police Department wore said sunday.

Three of the female passengers in the back seat of the car were pronounced dead, according to the department at the scene.

The driver and other passengers of the Lincoln were taken to a nearby hospital and are in stable condition, the Nassau County Police Department said.

The driver of the Mercedes, Dante Lennon, has been charged with a DWI and three counts of involuntary manslaughter, police officers said. Lennon – a 22-year-old from Freeport, Long Island – was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries and will appear in court when he’s well enough, according to police.

Crash site on LI
Three women were killed after leaving a Sweet 16 party.
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Crash site on LI
Three of the female passengers in the back seat of the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
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Crash site on LI
The Lincoln’s driver and other passengers were taken to a nearby hospital.
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A law enforcement source told the Post the women killed had just left a Sweet 16 party at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Weddings, bar mitzvahs, quinceañeras, and other celebrations are held here, according to its website.

“Very disturbing, I’ve never seen that in my life,” witness Jaylen Augustin said, according to ABC7. “[W]Why would that happen? I just can’t believe it.”

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The driver of the Mercedes was charged with a DWI and three counts of involuntary manslaughter, police officers said.
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https://nypost.com/2022/05/22/3-women-killed-by-alleged-drunk-driver-after-sweet-16-party-in-li/ 3 women killed by allegedly drunk driver after Sweet 16 party in LI

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