Five people were injured, including two critically, after a single-car crash on Sunrise Highway in Seaford, Long Island, police said. The accident was caused by a backseat passenger striking the driver and causing him to lose control, officials said.
The 22-year-old male driver was driving a 2005 Nissan eastbound on Sunrise Highway when an argument ensued between him and a backseat passenger. Leanne Gilzeane, 19, of Seaford, began hitting the driver, which caused him to lose control of the car and strike a utility pole at around 3:45 a.m., police said.
Gilzeane and the driver were treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
There were three other passengers in the vehicle. An 18-year-old woman sitting in the backseat was ejected from the vehicle into the roadway and a 17-year-old male backseat passenger was partially ejected, officials said. Both were treated at an area hospital and listed in critical condition. The front seat passenger, a 23-year-old male, was treated and released from the hospital.
Gilzeane has been charged with second degree reckless endangerment.
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