Three men were killed when they crashed a stolen car into an icy pond in Albertson while fleeing a New York State Trooper on Sunday evening, police said.
The trio was driving a Honda on Northern State Parkway when a Trooper’s license plate reader indicated that the vehicle was stolen days prior in Hempstead, police said. The Trooper started following the vehicle at exit 25, but the driver realized the Trooper was tailing them and tried to flee at the corner of Searingtown and I.U. Willets roads, police said.
“The vehicle accelerated here at the intersection of Searingtown Road, crashed into a fence and, I believe, overturned into the sump pond,” State Police Major David Candelaria told reporters, adding that the Trooper was not chasing the car, only following it from a distance while waiting for backup.
One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to local hospitals, where they died. They were identified as Joan Sanjuan, 29, of Central Islip, 46-year-old Adolph Ford of Roosevelt and 51-year-old Donald Farr of Westbury.
Nassau County police Emergency Services Unit officers and Albertson Fire Department firefighters assisted in removing the vehicle and the men from the pond. The investigation is continuing.