A teenage driver was killed and three passengers in her car were injured, one seriously, in an early-morning crash Tuesday in Melville, police said.
The single-car crash killed Jennifer Tunney, 19, of Amityville and left passenger Michael Chmela, 20, of Lindenhurst in serious condition in Nassau University Medical Center with a head injury, Suffolk County police said.
The 12:15 a.m. accident occurred when Tunney lost control of her 2008 Toyota while attempting to negotiate a curve on Sweet Hollow Road just north of Old Country Road in Melville, police said.
Mourners gathered at Tunney's Amityville home yesterday. Two men who identified themselves as relatives asked for privacy and declined to comment.
Bob Chmela, Michael's father, said, "Michael doesn't remember anything."
He said his son has a broken ankle, dislocated collarbone and swelling of the brain.
"Doctors are taking a wait-and-see approach," Chmela said. "They might move him out of intensive care to a regular room (Tuesday night)."
Chmela said his son works full-time installing cable.
Passengers Miriam Perez, 19, of Jamaica, Queens, and Aasia Lowe, 15, of Lindenhurst were taken to Huntington Hospital with what police called "non-life-threatening" injuries. Their conditions were unknown Tuesday.
Tunney was taken to Plainview Hospital, where police said she succumbed to her injuries. The crash is under investigation, and police are asking that anyone with information call Second Squad detectives at 631-854-8252.