LIE crash results in death of one Manhasset man and arrest of another

LIE crash results in death of one Manhasset man and arrest of another
Areefeen Hirji, 21, of Muttontown, was sentenced to prison two years after his involvement in a fatal car race. (Photo courtesy of Nassau County District Attorney's office)

A 19-year-old Manhasset man, Gianfranco Peralta, was the man killed in a multivehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway in Woodbury last week, Nassau County police said Sunday.

During the accident, which occurred last Thursday at 11:48 p.m., one of the vehicles struck a guard rail and ejected Peralta, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Perralta was sitting in the back of a BMW being driven by Jonathan Santos, 20, of Manhasset, who been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while impaired in connection with the incident, police said.

After striking the guard rail, the BMW continued to spin out of control and struck a Toyota pickup truck, Newsday reported.

Santos was arraigned Friday in First District Court in Hempstead and was being held on bail of $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash, according to Newsday.

Areefeen Hirji, 19, of Muttontown, was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death in relation to the incident, police said.

He was arraigned on Sunday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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