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Dead, injured ID'd in West Hills crash

One person was killed and four people were

One person was killed and four people were injured in a single-car crash at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday on Sweet Hollow Road south of Chichester Road in West Hills. Firefighters and rescue crews from the Huntington Manor Fire Department, Melville Fire Department, Huntington Community First Aid Squad and Suffolk County Police Department were on the scene. (April 2, 2011) Photo Credit: Steve Silverman

The driver of a car was killed and four passengers seriously injured early Saturday in a crash on Sweet Hollow Road in the Town of Huntington, police said.

Zachary Bernstein, 23, of Massapequa, was killed when the Volkswagen Jetta he was driving slammed into a tree about 3:30 a.m., Suffolk County police said.

A physician's assistant from the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office pronounced Bernstein dead at the scene in West Hills.

Passenger Frank Shea, 22 of West Babylon, was flown by medevac helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center where he was listed in serious condition, police said.

Cliff Scudlo, 25, suffered a broken pelvis and broken hip; Rory O'Rourke, 25, suffered abdominal injuries and bruises; William End, 22, suffered a torn aortic artery, broken ribs and a bruised lung. All are from Amityville and were listed in serious condition at Huntington Hospital, police said.

"It appears that speed was a factor," said Det. Sgt. Richard Auspaker of the Second Squad. "It's a very narrow road, it's unlighted, and the trees are close to the road."

Auspaker said the men were on the way home after a night out at "various clubs." Whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash will be determined after an autopsy, he said.

The crash remains under investigation, and the Jetta was impounded for a safety check, police said.

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