The three women who were killed by a suspected drunk driver after leaving a Sweet 16 party on Long Island on Saturday night have been identified as the birthday girl’s grandmother and other relatives.
The teenager’s grandmother, great-aunt and older cousin died when Dante Lennon, 22, allegedly stripped the livery car that was transporting them and three other passengers to New Hyde Park, police said Nassau County.
Grandmother Marlene Lu, 66, great-aunt Ho Hua, 68, and cousin Tu Nguyen, 41, were in the back seat of the Lincoln Town Car when Lennon allegedly rammed inside a Mercedes-Benz sedan. around 11:11 p.m.
All three women were pronounced dead at the scene. Lu and Hua live in Woodside, Queens, while Nguyen was in town for North Carolina’s Sweet 16 birthday party.
Three male passengers – aged 42, 67 and 73 – were taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition, police said.
The group had called the car delivered after attending the party at the New Hyde Park hostel, a law enforcement source told The Post.
Lennon was also injured in the crash and remains in hospital.
He was arraigned from his hospital bed on Monday on a series of charges, including three counts of manslaughter, three counts of manslaughter, drunk driving, assault and assault. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to News 12.
Police said the blood alcohol level of residents of Freeport, Long Island was 0.008, just above the legal limit, the outlet reported.
New York Post