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17-year-old high school student killed, 4 others hurt in Long Island crash

17-year-old high school student killed, 4 others hurt in Long Island crash

Long Island (Writer) - A Long Island community is in mourning after a 17-year-old high school student was killed and several classmates injured in a crash Wednesday.

Suffolk County police say four teenagers who all attended Kings Park High School were in 2008 Ford Mustang traveling north on Indian Head Road in Commack around 3:45 p.m. when the driver swerved to avoid another vehicle and lost control.

The Mustang struck a Jeep Wrangler traveling on the opposite side of the road. A female passenger in the Mustang, 17-year-old Isabel Carella, from Smithtown, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mustang, 17-year-old Dominic Crocitto, from Kings Parks, was transported to Stony Brook University with serious injuries, as were the two rear passengers, 16-year-old Joesph Gilbiino and 17 year-old Liam Freely. The driver of the Jeep, 19-year-old Annalise Wilkes, of Commack, was also transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Carella was a senior who loved to dance, and she was set to graduate next week. She was on a dance competition team at the Sara Jean Dance Company in Smithtown, and her coach, Sara Jean Hass, called her death a devastating loss."Yesterday was actually our last practice for the seniors, and it was our senior goodbye," she said. "And it's actually quite devastating that we didn't get to give her her items."

Kings Park schools superintendent Timothy Eagen sent a letter to the families informing them of the crash and offering support to students. "The Kings Park High School has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this," he wrote. "Several of our district psychologists and additional mental health personnel will be available at KPHS tomorrow and throughout the rest of the week, for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this terrible incident. We will be utilizing the Counseling Center inside the building, as well as the area outside the building adjacent the grass soccer field for staging and support. We are here and ready to support each and every student in need."

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