A young driver whose car slammed into an Uber killing four people in the Hamptons was fleeing from police at the time of the horror collision, authorities said Tuesday.
Ryan Mendez, 22, was killed after his Nissan Maxima veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with a Toyota Prius in the town of Quogue late Saturday night.
That Prius was being driven by Farhan Zahid, 32, who was working for Uber and carrying passengers Michael Farrell, 20, James Farrell, 25, and Ryan Kiess, 25.
All four men were killed instantly in the crash.
Kiess’s girlfriend, Brianna M. Maglio, 22, was also in the Uber and was the only survivor of the collision. She is currently in a critical condition in hospital.
On Tursday, Quogue police revealed Mendez sped past an officer shortly before the fatal crash, and ‘turned off his headlights’ seconds before he slammed into the Prius.
They also stated that Mendez had a ‘quantity of marijuana’ in his vehicle at the time.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Andrew Court and Peter Belfiore