2 indicted in Long Island limo crash that killed 4 women

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

HAUPPAUGE, Long Island (WPVI) -- Both a limousine driver and a pickup truck driver involved in a Long Island, New York crash last July, that left four women dead, have been indicted by a grand jury.

The chauffeur, 58-year-old Carlos Pino from Long Island, New York, was indicted Wednesday by a special grand jury investigating last year's fatal limousine crash in Cutchogue that claimed the lives of four young woman.

The victims were Brittney Schulman, Lauren Baruch, Stephanie Belli and Amy Grabina.

PHOTOS: Scene of limo crash that killed 4 women

Pino allegedly took a wide turn on Route 48 when his limousine was struck broadside by an SUV, driven by Steve Romeo, who was later charged with drunk driving.

Pino was charged with criminally negligent homicide, assault, failure to yield the right of way, reckless driving and other traffic law infractions.

Romoe was indicted on DWI charges.

Citing the data collected and analyzed from the reconstruction of the crash and witness accounts, including five additional witnesses who were at the intersection at the time of the crash, District Attorney Tom Spota said the investigation found Pino had "limited sight lines looking into westbound traffic" because a Jeep Liberty was positioned in the intersection waiting to turn left onto Depot Lane.

"The Jeep Liberty completely blocked the limo driver's view of the oncoming traffic in the main travel lanes," Spota said. "Despite the fact that the main west bound travel lanes were not visible, the limo driver, Carlos Pino, failed to take any precaution or any action to make sure he could safely enter the westbound travel lanes and he continued to make the U-turn."

Pino told police at the crash scene he did not see any traffic.

"There is no evidence that demonstrates he ever came to a stop," Spota said.

Spota said that because of the Liberty in the intersection, Romeo was unable to see the limousine enter the intersection until he was approximately 200 feet away, effectively making a collision unavoidable.

Eight young women were returning from a wine tasting to celebrate a birthday in July of 2015. Four were killed, while the other four were severely injured in the crash.