A Riverhead teen died following a two-car crash on the Long Island Expressway in Yaphank Monday and three other family members were injured, according to Suffolk County police.
Katerin Perez Sajbin, 18, was ejected from the back seat of a Jeep after it struck the guardrail and flipped over an embankment, landing on the LIE service road, police said. Her mother, Violeta Sajbin, 40, who was a passenger in the front seat of the Jeep, was also ejected. Katerin was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue where she was pronounced dead, police said.
The crash occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m.
Police said Franklin Eduardo Sajbin, 22, was driving the 2004 Jeep eastbound on the LIE, near exit 66, when he struck a 2018 Alfa Romeo driven by David Cohen, 55, of Old Bethpage. The impact caused the Jeep to strike the guardrail and then flip.
Violeta Sajbin’s 12-year-old daughter, Edith Sajbin, was also injured. A Suffolk police medevac also responded. They were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital along with Franklin Eduardo, who is Violeta’s nephew, for treatment of injuries that were not life threatening, police said. Police said they are all from Riverhead.
Mr. Cohen was not injured.
Police said both vehicles were impounded for a safety check and Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating the crash.
Katerin was a student in the Riverhead Central School District, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Riverhead Superintendent Christine Tona issued a statement Tuesday and said guidance counselors will be available to students for grief counseling.
“A young person’s passing is always tragic, and a sudden loss like this can have a profound effect on the entire community,” Ms. Tona said. “Mr. O’Hara, Riverhead High School principal, has implemented our crisis intervention plan, and psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors are available for grief counseling. The district respects the family’s right for privacy, and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences during this difficult time.”
Correction: The Riverhead School District clarified the spelling of the teenager’s name as Katerin Perez Sajbin.