Fatal Long Island Crash Started With Teen Fleeing Police
Police are trained in how to drive in stressful conditions, which includes training on how to maneuver at high speeds, such as those that often occur in chases. Many police departments have guidelines on when a chase can be initiated and when one must be called off because of the danger to the public. Often times, when these chases end in collisions, the ones who are hurt are innocent bystanders. The results can often be catastrophic, such as an accident that occurred in Long Island as a police officer chased a car that had been reported as stolen. The Medford Patch reports on the story.
On Saturday night, a Suffolk County police officer observed a gray 2015 Nissan Rogue fail to make a stop at a stop sign. The officer also reported that the driver of the Nissan was behaving recklessly on Main Street in Yaphank at around 11:45 p.m.
The Nissan had been reported stolen on February 7th from East Patchogue. The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Nahriek Belford, refused to stop at the officer’s signal and fled.
While traveling westbound on Route 25 in Middle Island, the Nissan struck a 2009 Honda CRV that was making a left turn. 74-year-old Jerome Weingarten and his 71-year-old wife, Randee, were in the driver and front passenger seat. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
19-year-old Angelo Belford, who is the brother of Nahriek Belford, was also killed in the accident. 16-year-old Jaquell Funderburke was also in the Nissan. He was injured but survived the accident. Belford was also injured in the crash.
So far, Belford has been charged with reckless endangerment, but more charges will likely be filed.