Serious injuries after car hits tree, catches fire during Holtsville crash

HOLTSVILLE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — A two-car crash shortly before midnight left three people injured — two seriously — after one vehicle smashed into a tree and caught fire, Suffolk County Police announced overnight Wednesday.

The wreck happened at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in Holtsville at the intersection of North Ocean Avenue and Jamaica Avenue, according to police.

Here is how police described what happened, according to a statement the department released shortly before 3 a.m.: "Thomas Monahan was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala northbound on North Ocean Avenue when the vehicle collided with a 2018 Nissan Rogue traveling westbound on Jamaica Avenue."

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The statement continued: "The crash caused the Chevrolet to veer off the roadway, where it struck a tree and caught fire."

Monahan, 32, and a passenger in the Chevrolet, Amanda Deangelo, 28, both of Coram, were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The driver of the Nissan, Yong Hu, 44, of Staten Island, was transported to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police added. 

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks. Fifth Squad detectives based in Patchogue are investigating.

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