A man and woman were killed when their vehicle was rear-ended by a driver who was allegedly high on drugs in their hometown of Lynbrook on Monday night, Nassau County police said.
John Aniano, 25, was speeding in his Mercedes Benz westbound on Sunrise Highway when he crashed into the back of a Toyota, which then veered into the opposite lane of traffic, where it collided with another vehicle at 8:13 p.m., according to investigators.
The driver of the Toyota, 42-year-old John Jones, was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, where he died. His passenger, Sharon Rene Long, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the third vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Aniano, who is also from Lynbrook, was taken to a local hospital for a leg injury. Homicide Squad detectives alleged that he was found to be under the influence of drugs and two prescription bottles were found in his vehicle, police said. Detectives impounded the suspect’s vehicle while the investigation is continuing.
Aniano was charged with two counts second-degree manslaughter, two counts second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired. He will be arraigned as soon as medically practical, police said.