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Woman, 2 adult children killed in 4-vehicle Ridge crash, cops say

The scene of a multivehicle crash on Wednesday,

The scene of a multivehicle crash on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, on Middle Country Road in Ridge. Credit: James Carbone

A woman and her adult son and daughter were among the five people killed in Ridge when a speeding 2018 Chevrolet Camaro that had been reported stolen hit the car they were in, part of a four-vehicle crash Wednesday, Suffolk police said.

The family, as well as a female friend of the woman’s son, was killed when the 2012 Mazda they were riding in on Middle Country Road was struck by the Camaro, then slammed into an Infiniti and erupted in flames, police said Thursday. The Camaro then hit an oil delivery truck.

Authorities have not released the victims’ identities, saying they must notify the families first.

The fifth victim, Lonidell Skinner, 19, of Bellport, was ejected from the Camaro. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jamel Turner, 23, of Bellport, the Camaro driver, was initially charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and false personation, police said. Additional charges were expected to be filed, police said.

Turner also was charged with an outstanding warrant. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and, authorities said, he was not able to be arraigned Thursday due to his injuries.

Turner has several prior convictions on misdemeanor charges. In his most recent case in 2016, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail for unlawful fleeing of an officer in a motor vehicle, records show.

The driver of the oil truck was also transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Infiniti was not injured.

The crash took place about a mile from an apartment complex where police had earlier located the Camaro. An OnStar report had indicated it had been stolen from Shirley.

After the Camaro sped away, police followed until they came upon the crash scene, said authorities, who are looking at whether the officers engaged the Camaro in a pursuit.

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