The identity of the passenger involved in the crash is Osmar Vasquez, 17-years-old, of West Babylon. The identity of the driver is being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
On March 18, 2023, around 1:30 AM, the State Police responded to a report of a vehicle in the woods on the westbound Southern State Parkway between exits 36 and 37, in the town of Babylon, Suffolk County.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Nissan Altima, driven by a 16-year-old, was traveling westbound on the Southern State Parkway when the vehicle left the roadway and struck trees and brush on the north shoulder.
The 17-year-old front passenger died at the scene.
The driver was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition.
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Collision Reconstruction Unit, and the Forensic Identification Unit all responded to the scene.
This investigation is ongoing, and the State Police are asking for any witnesses or anyone with information to call (631) 756-3300.