Five people were killed when a speeding car crossed the median strip on Saturday night and collided head-on with an Uber full of passengers, police said.
Brothers Michael O. Farrell, 20, and James P. Farrell, 25, were killed in the collision, along with fellow passenger Ryan J. Kiess, 25, and Bay Shore Uber driver Farhan Zahid, 32.
All were pronounced dead on the spot.
Kiess’ girlfriend Brianna M. Maglio, 22, was the only survivor and is in critical condition.
Ryan Kiess, 25, was killed in a crash on Long Island Saturday night when an Uber full of passengers he was carrying was involved in a head-on collision. His girlfriend Brianna Maglio, 22, was the sole survivor and is in critical condition
The crash occurred when a Nissan Maxima, driven by Justin B. Mendez, 22 of Brookhaven, slammed into Zahid’s Toyota Prius at around 11:15 p.m. on the centerline of the Montauk Highway in Quogue, a village in eastern Long Island, and collided head-on with Zahid’s Toyota Prius. . according to the police.
Poice said they believe Mendez was speeding at the time of the crash.
Kiess and the older Farrell had been classmates in grade school and high school and played lacrosse together.
Kiess’ parents, Kurt and Nina Kiess told news day“Gentle heart, gentle giant,” he said, pointing out that his son, the middle of three, was six feet tall. “He died with two of his friends. … He loved Brianna. He loved his family, friends and the community.”
Kiess was an accountant and recently obtained his doctorate at KPMG. Maglios works as a neonatology nurse in the intensive care unit at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital.
The Kiess family said they took the Uber around 10:30 PM to go out and dance.
His father said the group had thrown a party that night in a new house the family had just bought in Remsenburg.
‘It was our first party. My son was so proud of that house,” Kurt Kiess said patch. ‘All his friends were playing and dancing in the house. They helped clean up and called an Uber to go dancing. He walked into the living room and got into the car—and that was the last time I saw my son.’
Kriess, his girlfriend and two friends who were brothers, had taken an Uber to go out dancing, his parents said
‘It’s surreal. I’m still in shock. You never want your kids to precede you,” his mother told Newsday. ‘It breaks our hearts. We see this happening on TV. … Then suddenly, boom, it happens to you. It’s like a nightmare. It’s a nightmare.’
Her son’s friend, she said, was “the best, cheerful, sweetest, young, beautiful, respectful, loyal [person with] lots of Energie.’
Kiess and Maglio, who is fighting for her life in the hospital, met at the University of Scranton, where the two played lacrosse, and dated for six years.
Bill Cherry, a former boys’ lacrosse coach at Manhasset High School, had coached both Farrells and Kiess and said they were exceptional people.
The group was driving along the Montauk Highway (pictured) when a Nissan Maxima driven by Justin Mendez slammed into the median strip and collided head-on with the Uber.
“These were amazing kids, three-sport athletes, playing football, basketball and lacrosse… This is so pointless, so heartbreaking,” he told the outlet.
Cherry noted that by calling an Uber, the group had played it safe that night, but died anyway, calling the crash “pointless.”
“They did the right thing and were smart and got a ride to meet friends and then this happens,” he said. “You’re so happy that your kids are doing the right thing and then you wonder why and how such a thing happens?”