A drunk hit-and-run driver who crashed his truck into a limo carrying a bachelorette party on Saturday was involved in another fatal accident last year, it has been revealed.
Steve Romeo, 54, who co-owns the Southold, New York,-based Romeo Dimon Marine Services was operating a skid steer loader in January 2014 when a bucket fell off and struck 30-year-old Andrew Leone on the head.
Following the investigation, police ruled the 2014 incident a tragic accident, however Romeo will be facing charges for his role in Saturday’s crash. Four bridesmaids were killed in the incident and the bride-to-be was seriously injured after Romeo hit their limo on Long Island following a winery trip. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Four bridesmaids were killed and at least five others were seriously injured after a limo was hit by a truck.
2. An extended cab truck T-boned the limo, which was carrying seven women, at around 5 pm on Saturday.
Police said that a pickup truck driven by Romeo crashed into a limo carrying seven or eight women, along Route 48 at around 5 pm on Saturday in Cutchogue, Long Island.
The driver, who police later identified as Steve Romeo from Southold, fled the scene, but was tackled by chasing cops and arrested.
The victims’ names have not been made public, but they are believed to be from the New York City area.
The limo was leaving the Vineyard 48 winery and making a U-turn at a blinking traffic signal when Romeo’s truck hit it, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley told Newsday.
3. Three of the women died at the scene and were covered with sheets and the fourth died at the hospital.
4. Steve Romeo (pictured, left, with his business’ co-owner Chris Dimon) has been involved in two fatal accidents in the past 18 months. In January of 2014 his co-worker died when a bucket fell on his head from a skid steer loader Romeo was driving. And on Saturday, Romeo plowed his pickup truck into the side of a limo carrying a bachelorette party, killing four.
Three of the bridesmaids died immediately on impact, while another woman was pronounced dead later at Taconic Bay Hospital, according to CBS New York.
The bride and another woman remain in critical condition, CBS New York reports. Chief Flatley said:
He [the pickup driver] hit the brakes right before and he broadsided the limo right on the passenger side.
This is one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen.
5. A law enforcement official said the extended cab truck T-boned the limo along Route 48 in Cutchogue.
6. The limo was leaving a winery called Vineyard 48 and making a U-turn at a traffic signal on Long Island.
Speaking to The New York Daily News, witness Lynne Lulfs added:
The pickup truck was halfway through the limo.
We saw bodies hanging out of the left side of the car. They looked like young girls. It was just arms, and heads and hair.
The New York Post reports that all victims were 24 or 25.
The Suffolk County DA’s office is handling the investigation, according to WABC.
7. Four women dead in a Cutchogue limo crash — a 7 Online report.
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