A new Amityville Fire Department volunteer is to be sworn in Sunday, even after being hospitalized from a Saturday car crash that resulted in the death of the driver and serious injuries to four passengers, the department’s chief said.
William End, 22, of Amityville, suffered a torn aortic artery, broken ribs and a bruised lung in the crash, according to police. He had been scheduled to be sworn in as a volunteer firefighter Sunday, but after the accident, officials moved the ceremony to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, where he had been transferred, Amityville Chief Russell Sawyer said.
Bernstein and two of the other injured passengers — Cliff Sculdo, 25, and Rory O’Rourke, 25, both of Amityville — were volunteer firefighters, Sawyer said. Sculdo also was transferred to Manhasset while O’Rourke remained at Huntington Hospital Sunday.
“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.”
Bernstein was a department volunteer for four years, Sawyer said.
Sculdo spent four years in the Marines and is the son of an Amityville Fire Department first assistant chief, Sawyer said. Sculdo suffered a broken pelvis and hip in the accident.
O’Rourke has been a volunteer firefighter for three years, Sawyer said. He suffered abdominal injuries and bruises.
The crash remains under investigation. The Jetta was impounded for a safety check, police said.