Tuesday, August 15, 2017

3 people died and 4 others injured following a head-on collision in Medford, LI when Dominick Lopez veered across the yellow lines and collided head-on with a northbound 2016 Nissan Pathfinder

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 06:27AM
MEDFORD, Long Island (WABC) -- Police say three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Long Island Monday afternoon.

According to Suffolk County Police, Dominick Lopez was driving his 1995 red Honda Civic south on Station Road in Medford at about 4:25 p.m. when Lopez apparently lost control of his vehicle, crossing the double yellow line and colliding with a northbound 2016 Nissan Pathfinder.

Lopez, 20, of Shirley, and his passenger, Derek Buffa, 23, of Mastic Beach, were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

A rear seat passenger in the Nissan, Aida Cardenas, 67, of, Selden, was pronounced dead at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center.

The driver of the Pathfinder, a 41-year-old-man, and his 33-year-old wife, both of Bellport, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The couple's 11-year-old son and 1-year-old-son were also treated for non-life-threatening injuries.


MEDFORD, NY — Three people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, police said.

Dominick Lopez, 20, lost control of his vehicle and crossed the double yellow line on Station Road in Medford around 4:25 p.m., A Suffolk County Police Department spokesperson. His Honda struck a Nissan Pathfinder.

Lopez and his passenger, 23-year-old Derek Buffa, were ejected from the car and died at the scene, police said.

Aida Cardenas, 67, was also killed in the collision. She was a passenger in the back of the Nissan. She was rushed to the hospital, but Cardenas did not survive her injuries.

Four other passengers in the Nissan – including two children – were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police officials said. The driver – 41-year-old Hugo Atiencia – and his 33-year-old wife were in the front of the car. The couple’s 1-year-old son and an 11-year-old son were in the back of the car.

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks.