Darrius Jones and his 28-year-old brother, Darrell Jones, were killed Thursday night in a tragic Long Island Crash. The 16-year-old Darrius Jones, who was driving the vehicle when it collided with an oncoming Jeep, only had his learner’s permit, reports claimed.
The brothers were riding in a 1998 Fort Mustang going south on County Road 83 in Mount Sinai. At around 9:00 p.m., Darrius Jones made a left turn down Canal Road and collided head-first into an oncoming Jeep SUV that was heading north.
The Suffolk County Police Department reported that while Darrius did not have only had his learner’s permit, his older brother, Darrell Jones did have a valid driver’s license. The older brother was rushed to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, police reported. He was pronounced dead late Thursday night.
Darrius Jones was taken to Stonybrook University Hospital and was pronounced dead. The third victim of the Long Island car crash, Alaina Dimaria, was driving the Jeep. The 28-year-old was taken to Stonybrook University Hospital. Dimaria reportedly only suffered minor injuries during the tragic crash.
Authorities said that both vehicles involved in the accident were impounded for a safety check. As of Friday afternoon, police have not revealed what led to the fatal crash. It also wasn’t clear who the Ford Mustang belonged to.
So far there were no criminal charges filed for the Long Island crash. Police are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.
Pictures from the accident scene showed first responders strewn around the crash site. One vehicle, which was black, was flipped upside down with the airbags deployed. Another vehicle, likely the Ford Mustang, was totaled. The front windshield was completely smashed in and the two right wheels seemed flat. Glass was scattered on the street.
The Longwood Central School District superintendent, Dr. Lohman, emailed a statement to parents Friday morning. “It is with a heavy heart that we share the tragic news received earlier today of the passing of a beloved high school senior, Darrius Jones from injuries sustained during a motor vehicle accident.”
Dr. Lohman continued, writing that “Darrius was a dedicated member of our High School Football Team and school community and he will be dearly missed. The passing of any student in our community is a tragedy for each and every one of us, and we offer our deepest condolences and prayers to Darrius’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time.”
He finished his statement, explaining that “our focus in the coming days will be on supporting our students, staff, and community. Additional counselors and support staff at our high school, as well as throughout the district, will be available as our community mourns.”
The email message was shared on the Longwood Central School District Facebook page. Hundreds of people liked the post and as of midday Friday, 207 people commented. Many comments were from parents and teachers from the school district, sharing their thoughts and prayers for the fallen student.
“Absolutely gut-wrenching,” one person wrote. “My heart is breaking for this family. May God grant them His strength and grace. Continued prayers got them and our entire community.”
Another wrote that this was “a horrid way to start the school year. Prayers and condolences to his family and classmates.”