Services for 3 Floral Park youths killed in car crash
Four days of formal services started Saturday for family and friends to grieve the loss of three young Floral Park natives killed in a car crash.
Visiting hours for sisters Jamie and Paige Malone were held Saturday afternoon and continue Sunday. Their funeral is scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Mike Mulhall, also killed in the crash, will be remembered at visiting hours Sunday and Monday and will be buried Tuesday.
The three friends died and two others were hurt when their car veered off the Meadowbrook State Parkway and crashed into a tree. They were riding south on their way to work at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach when the car swerved from the left lane to the right and went off the road.
Mulhall, 22, along with Paige Malone, 19, and Jamie Malone, 22, were killed in the one-car crash, State Police said.
Driver Justine Mulhall, 20 - Mike Mulhall's sister - and Kelly Murphy, 20, of Floral Park, were hurt.
Justine Mulhall was released from Nassau University Medical Center on Friday; Murphy remained hospitalized there Saturday in stable condition.
Dozens of people attended the viewing for Jamie and Paige Malone Saturday at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home on Atlantic Avenue in Floral Park. Several mourners wore white Camp Anchor staff T-shirts paired with black skirts and heels or dress pants.
Some held hands or embraced before entering the funeral home. Others paused to collect themselves. One pair held one another and cried in the Dalton parking lot before slowly walking inside.
About 40 people attended the morning Mass at Our Lady of Victory Saturday, where the Rev. Msgr. Charles J. Nosser asked for prayers for the souls of the three killed and the recovery of the two survivors.
"Good kids, every one of them," Nosser later said.
Flowers in vases and bouquets were displayed on tables outside the Malone home on Primrose Avenue in Floral Park, where neighbors brought tables and chairs to the front lawn to accommodate the flow of mourners.
Family, friends, and members of the Floral Park community have struggled with the loss of the three young people. In the blocks around where Mulhall and the sisters lived, neighbors have wept while carrying bags of groceries and extra chairs to the Malone home.
It remains unclear why the accident happened. State Police have not released details, although alcohol has been ruled out as a factor.
"They grew up together, went to school together, worked at the camp together," Kelly's father, Patrick Murphy, 52, said Friday. "It's a real tight-knit community and everybody's hurting."
The Jamie and Paige Malone Memorial Fund has been set up at the University of Richmond, which the women attended. The Malone family requests donations be made there.
With Reilly Moore
and Tula Batanchiev
Paige and Jamie Malone
VISITING HOURS: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Dalton Funeral Home, Atlantic Avenue in Floral Park
FUNERAL MASS: Monday, 9:30 a.m., Our Lady of Victory Church, Floral Park
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Monday, 9:30 a.m., Cannon Memorial Chapel at the University of Richmond
VISITING HOURS: Sunday, 7-9:30 p.m., and Monday, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m., Dalton Funeral Home, Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park
FUNERAL MASS: Tuesday, 10:15 a.m., Our Lady of Victory Church in Floral Park