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4 hurt when fleeing car crashes into overpass in Lynbrook, police say

A car, whose driver Nassau County police said

A car, whose driver Nassau County police said had fled a traffic stop, slammed into the girder of a Long Island Rail Road overpass near Forest Avenue in Lynbrook early Saturday morning. Credit: Lou Minutoli

A teen and three adults now face a weapon charge, after Nassau County police found a handgun in the car which crashed in Lynbrook after an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop Saturday.

Jablee Cohen, 19, of Floral Park, Gregory Herrera, 18, of Roosevelt, and a 16-year-old boy from Hempstead, face a second-degree criminal possession of a firearm charge, police said. The driver, Rodney Smokes, 21, of Brooklyn, faces the weapons charge, but also possession of a stolen property charge in the fourth degree, assault in the second degree, two counts of assault in the third degree along with vehicle and traffic law violations.

Police said an officer saw a 2006 BMW traveling east on Sunrise Highway at 2:26 a.m. without lights on, going at high speed. The officer tried to conduct a traffic stop but the vehicle fled the scene and went out of lost control on Sunrise Highway and crashed into a Long Island Rail Road overpass near Forest Avenue.

Smokes suffered a right leg fracture, while the 16-year-old had fractured ribs, Herrera had a laceration to his head and a fractured left arm and Cohen fractured his neck and skull, police said. They were all taken to a hospital by ambulance for treatment.

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