Staten Island Car Accident – 16-year-old Fernanda Gil, 15-year-old Jesie Gil and 15-year-old Ashley Rodriguez have been identified by the police as the three teens that died in a terrible crash on Staten Island after their Ford Mustang in split in half because they were going too fast and hit another car and a tree. The crash happened at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Hylan Boulevard and Richard Avenue in Tottenville, authorities said. Fernanda Gil was the Front passenger, while Jesie Gil and Ashley Rodriguez were the backseat passengers.
Police said, their car was going east on Hylan Boulevard at a “unsafe speed” and suddenly changed lanes from the left to the right. A 2017 GMC Yukon at that time was going west on the same street and turning left onto southbound Richard Avenue when it driver’s side was hit. The Mustang then crashed into a tree on the passenger side, breaking it in half and throwing the two 15-year-olds in the back seat out.
The Mustang’s front then went east on Hylan Boulevard, where it drove up on the sidewalk and uprooted a small tree. It then hit a telephone pole and stopped, police said. Authorities said that Jesie Gil and Ashley Rodriguez were dead at the scene, and Fernanda Gil died of her injuries at Staten Island Hospital North.
Ashley Rodriguez was the sister of an NYPD cop and had excitedly planned her Sweet 16 party for next week. Jesie and Fernanda were siblings with an “unbreakable bond,” Police said Monday.
The 16-year-old boy driving the Mustang was taken to the same hospital, where his condition is listed as “critical but stable.” Police said that the Yukon driver, a 47-year-old man, and his four passengers, an 11-year-old girl, a 19-year-old woman, a 44-year-old woman, and a 23-year-old man, all had minor injuries and were taken to the same hospital.
Police said the driver was also taken into custody because his license was suspended and charges are still being worked out. The fatal crash was still being looked into early Monday by the NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad, police said.