Two Long Island teens died in a crash Wednesday, just hours after one of them celebrated his 19th birthday, police say, and at the same intersection where two others have crashed in the past seven months.
Steven Clancy, 19, was driving on Roslyn Road near Locust Lane in Roslyn Heights at about 1:15 a.m. when he lost control of his 2004 Volkswagen Jetta, according to police.
Clancy struck the curb and then a tree in the backyard of a home on Oak Lane.
Both Clancy and his passenger, Javier Gonzalez, who had just turned 19, were pronounced dead at the scene.
It was the third time in the past seven months that a car has crashed onto Dr. Ron Rosen's property. Rosen has been petitioning the town and county to put up protective guardrails at the intersection adjacent to his backyard.
The problem, he says, is that cars come barreling down a long stretch toward his property. A stop sign there hasn't helped.
"Clearly there's a danger here," he told NBC 4 New York in November. "Who's to say it can't happen today or tomorrow?"
Friends mourned the victims, both from Mineola. They placed flowers, a crucifix and notes at the crash site Wednesday, where tree limbs were scattered and a damaged fence lay on the ground.
"They were good guys," said Chris Ryan of Mineola. "They both had their heads on their shoulders straight, they were good guys."