Carmelo Pinales has been identified as the man who was behind the wheel and who caused the horrific Long Island Expressway crash over the weekend.
A total of five people were killed after Carmelo Pinales lost control of the vehicle and struck two vehicles heading right at them.
According to reports, Carmelo Pinales’s car crossed over the grassy median, hit a ditch in the grass, then went airborne before hitting the other two vehicles.
The impact was so vicious that some of the victims were ejected from their vehicles and others had to be cut out. Carmelo who was driving along with his sister, Patricia and his 10-year-old son, were all killed. In the car was also Patricia’s toddler daughter, who managed to survive.
The other two victims have been identified as an 81-year-old man and 29-year-old Scott Martella –who was a former aide of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. He and his girlfriend were riding together but she survived. You can read below about Martella and his girlfriend Shelbi, below.
26-year-old Carmelo Pinales was the father of 10-year-old son Christopher and the younger brother of sister Patricia who was 27.
Carmelo is said to have been driving a Subaru Outback eastbound on the Long Island Expressway. Some theories say he might had been speeding, though his family seems to think differently.
Relatives of the Pinales’ family say they believe an earlier accident left an oil spill, which contributed to the crash.
Carmelo Pinales and his family were headed to a water park to celebrate the birthday of his son.
He attended Westbury High School (Houston, Texas). He was also known as ‘el chico c.’
Relatives also revealed Carmelo Pinales comes from a big and tight-knit family, they said he was family-oriented and described him as a hard working man. He worked up to three jobs.
A Gofundme page has been set up to help the Pinales family with funeral expenses.
The tragic crash is still under police investigation.