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Cops: Fifth teen dies after head-on collision in Farmingdale

The fifth teenager involved in a head-on collision in Farmingdale, which killed four of his friends and injured two others, died Sunday night at the hospital, Nassau County police said Monday.

Police have identified the five teens killed after a head-on collision with an SUV on Conklin Street in Farmingdale early Saturday.
Police have identified the five teens killed after a head-on collision with an SUV on Conklin Street in Farmingdale early Saturday. Photo courtesy of Tyler Jensen

Cody Talanian, 17, of Farmingdale, was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. Sunday at Nassau University Medical Center, authorities said. He had been hospitalized in serious condition after being ejected from the vehicle early Saturday morning when the car he was riding in swerved into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with an SUV, according to police.

Three other passengers and the driver of the 2001 Nissan sedan – all teens between 14 and 17 years old – were killed. The five teens, investigators said, had been traveling west along Conklin Street just after midnight when their car crossed into the eastbound lanes and slammed into a GMC Suburban. The 53-year-old male driver of the SUV and an unidentified female passenger were hospitalized after the crash with serious injuries. Their condition was not known Monday.

Police impounded both vehicles brake and for safety checks after the crash. They have not said what caused the sedan to veer into oncoming traffic and released no further information on the status of their investigation. In an updated news advisory Monday, authorities identified the other teens as: Tristan Reichle, 17, of Farmingdale; Jesse Romero, 18, of South Farmingdale, Noah Tziamihaf, 15, of Farmingdale; and Carly Lonborg, 14, of South Farmingdale. All were students at Farmingdale High School, according to a report in Newsday.

The school has said they are making grief counselors available to students and staff Monday and, in a tweet late Sunday, encouraged students to wear green – the school’s color – to show their solemn solidarity. Newsday reported a large flag in front of the school was lowered to half-mast as streams of students – dressed in green – entered the school. More than a thousand people attended a prayer vigil for the victims Sunday night at a local church, the newspaper reported.