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2 dead after car crashes into Commack gas station, police say

The car caught fire, killing the driver and passenger, police said.

Two people died after their vehicle crashed into a Sunoco gas station in Commack on Wednesday morning, police said. (Credit: Stringer News Service)

Two men died Wednesday morning when a driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a Sunoco gas station in Commack, police said.

The men were heading west in a 2013 Audi on Jericho Turnpike, just past Veterans Memorial Highway, when the driver lost control and  struck a gas pump  at 2211 Jericho Tpke. about 2:10 a.m., Suffolk County police said.

Driver Hector Sanchez Jr., 27, of Brentwood, and his passenger, Shawn Jenkins Jr., 24, of Bay Shore, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Detectives asked anyone with information to contact the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.

Jericho Turnpike lanes in the area were closed in both directions for more than an hour, but Veterans Memorial Highway was open, according to the state Department of Transportation. All lanes were reopened before 6:50 a.m.  

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