4 Killed, 2 Wounded in Yaphank Crash

Four people were killed and two others were injured when two vehicles collided and burst into flames on the Fourth of July in Yaphank, Suffolk County police said.

Gustave Geyer was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck southbound on Yaphank-Middle Island Road when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a northbound Nissan Altima in front of the Middle Island Country Club at 10:45 p.m. Monday, police said.

Geyer, 25, of Ridge, who was alone in his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene along with a man and a woman who were passengers in the Nissan. The driver of the Nissan was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A third passenger in the Nissan was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment of life-threatening burns and head injuries. And an 11-month-old boy in the Nissan was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The names of the victims in the Nissan were not immediately released, but investigators believe all five occupants are related.

Seventh Squad detectives impounded both vehicles. They are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-8752.

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