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Police ID 2 killed in Thanksgiving Day crash on Southern State Parkway

Two people were killed Thursday night when this

Two people were killed Thursday night when this SUV hit an overpass on Southern State Parkway in Hempstead, State Police said. Credit: Stringer News Service

Two people died and two were taken to hospitals with serious injuries after a westbound SUV sideswiped another vehicle on the Southern State Parkway, went over a guiderail and crashed into an overpass in Hempstead on Thanksgiving evening, State Police said in a news release Friday.

Patricia Ramkissoon, 23, of Bay Shore, and Elliott Bryant, 23, of Brooklyn, were killed, state police said. They were passengers in the SUV, a Honda Pilot.

Two other passengers in the SUV were taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow with what police described as serious injuries. Another passenger, who was in the front, was taken to the hospital for observation.

The driver of the 2004 Pilot, Herson Gonzalez, 19, of Shirley, also was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

State Police said Gonzalez was driving the Pilot west on the parkway about 8:30 p.m. when he sideswiped a 2020 Toyota Corolla. Gonzalez "lost control of his vehicle and struck the center median guiderail," police said in the news release. "The vehicle then crossed over the guiderail and struck the overpass" east of Exit 21. The vehicle did not cross over into the eastbound side, said Trooper Dan Ahlgrim, the local State Police spokesman.

The occupants of the Toyota were not injured, police said.

With Matthew Chayes

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