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Syracuse student from Hauppauge killed in upstate car crash

A Syracuse University student from Long Island was killed Tuesday night with another student in a one-car crash in rural Oneida County, authorities said Wednesday.

Saem Oh, 19, of Hauppauge, was killed when the car she was riding in with three other Syracuse students flipped over about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The crash occurred on State Route 12, near Paris, about 40 miles east of Syracuse, the Oneida County sheriff's office said.

Also killed was Young Wang, 19, of Norwood, N.J. The driver and a third passenger suffered minor injuries and were treated at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica and released.

The car spun on a curve, hit a tree and flipped. Saem and Wang were thrown from the car, police said.

All the students were part of Syracuse's school of architecture and had rented a car to travel to New York City. The students had planned to stay at a bed-and-breakfast in the city, police said.

Police said alcohol or drugs were not involved, and the passengers were apparently not wearing seat belts.

In a statement, Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor said, "At a time when many of us are preparing to gather with family, friends and loved ones to joyously celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we are reminded of how precious and fragile life can be. The entire SU community's deepest condolences are with Young and Saem's families and friends as they cope with this tragic loss."

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