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Tragedy struck late Saturday night when a speeding car hit a utility pole on Sea Cliff Avenue near the intersection of Pearl Street and burst into flames killing two men.

Workers assess the damage on Sea Cliff Avenue after a tragic auto accident, occurred there this past Saturday.

According to the police, the car, a model 3 series BMW, had attempted to pass another car on the right side while driving at excessive speed. While passing, the BMW struck the other car, lost control and then struck the pole.

The Glen Cove Police responded to the accident and said that upon their arrival, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. The Glen Cove Fire Department and EMS responded to the emergency. When the fire was extinguished, the deceased victims were found in the front seats of the vehicle.

Police Chief William F. Whitton expressed to the Record Pilot that this was a tragic event and the members of the Glen Cove Police Department, Fire Department and EMS extend their deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones who these people left behind.

He said that sadly, there would have been no way to save the victims.

"The car engulfed almost immediately," the chief said. "They were going so fast there would be no way to get to the people inside. The guess is that they died on impact, based on the violence of the crash."

As of this report, due to the condition of the victims' remains, they were not issuing a positive identification on either of the deceased. An investigation is still pending with the medical examiners at Nassau University Medical Center.

Beyond expressing sympathy, Chief Whitton and the detectives and officers involved commended the work of the fire department and EMS. "This was an extremely tragic and emotional crime scene, so we are thankful to the fire department and EMS. They extinguished the fire quickly and stayed with us all night long. When you have an accident like that, you have to contain the area and protect the integrity of the scene. They did a great job at this."

The chief said that this was important not only for public safety, because power lines were down, but also for the investigation, as there was evidence to collect, such as markings on the road which help to determine how fast the car was going.

The police and emergency workers shut down the scene in every direction on Sea Cliff and Glen Cove Avenues until around 4 a.m.


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