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Survivor of deadly Yaphank crash transferred to Stony Brook

Remains of the two vehicles are removed from

Remains of the two vehicles are removed from scene of deadly crash on Tuesday, July, 5, 2016, that left four dead after a collision on Yaphank-Middle Island Road in Yaphank last last night. Credit: James Carbone

The condition of a Middle Island woman injured in a July 4 head-on crash that killed three family members has improved enough for her to be moved to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she can receive specialized care, officials said Friday.

Manisha Surwade, 32, remains in critical condition, said an official from Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Meadow, where Surwade was being cared for before her transfer late Thursday.

Suffolk police and hospital officials have not revealed the extent of her injuries sustained in the Yaphank crash.

“She’s responding to the treatment,” said Manish Sandbhor, 33 of Nashua, New Hampshire, a family friend. “I hope she gets well soon.”

Police said Surwade was a rear-seat passenger in her husband’s 2014 Altima when a 1990 Chevrolet pickup driven by Gustave Geyer, 25, of Ridge, collided with the Nissan at 10:46 p.m. on Yaphank-Middle Island Road, near Middle Island Country Club.

Chandan Gavai, 38, the driver of the Nissan, was pronounced dead at a hospital. His parents visiting from India — Kamalnayan, 74, who was in the front seat, and mother, Archana, 60, who was in the back — died at the scene, police said.

The couple’s infant son sustained non-life-threatening injuries. He had been at Stony Brook hospital since the crash, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said Geyer, who also died at the scene, caused the crash when he passed a vehicle on a two-lane stretch where passing was prohibited and slammed into the Nissan.

Surwade’s parent from India and Gavai’s brother from the Netherlands are among the family members who have traveled to be with her, Sandbhor said.

Surwade and Gavai, also natives of India, married in 2011 in India and lived in Boston before moving to Middle Island. The two had looked forward to celebrating their son’s first birthday on Aug. 8, Sandbhor said.

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