Speed was likely the cause of the crash that killed two Roosevelt men early Monday when their Chevrolet Camaro struck the concrete center median on the southbound Meadowbrook State Parkway in Uniondale, careening across the road and striking a tree on the right shoulder, State Police said.
"They initially think speed was a factor," Trooper Frank Bandiero, a state police spokesman, said of investigators. He said it will be several weeks before investigators will reach a conclusion, after the completion of toxicology tests and an accident reconstruction.
The crash killed Stanley Miles, 22, and passenger Darren Gregory, 31, both of Roosevelt, police said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Police said the 2011 Camaro driven by Miles was headed southbound when he lost control, struck the median wall, traveled across all three lanes and onto the road shoulder, and struck the tree shortly after midnight.
Family members outside of both victims' homes declined interview requests Monday afternoon. A relative of Miles said the men had been returning from an evening of bowling when the accident occurred.
Police closed all southbound lanes between Exit M5, Hempstead Turnpike, and Exit M6, Southern State Parkway, for almost seven hours. The state Department of Transportation said the road was reopened at 6:53 a.m.
Police said at about 6 a.m., a passing motorist also struck a marked police vehicle assigned to work the crash.
The accident caused minor damage to both vehicles, police said, but did not result in additional injuries. That driver was not charged, police said.