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One Dead, Several Injured in Jericho Turnpike Head-On Collision

Witness Says Landscaping Truck Involved in

Accident Was Drag Racing Before Crash

A fatal auto accident on Jericho Turnpike at Eileen Way in Syosset on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 4:51 p.m. left Myron Jacobs of Jericho dead and his wife, Lucille Jacobs, in critical condition.

Police say the Jacobses were traveling westbound on Jericho Turnpike in a 2010 Mercedes Benz when their car was involved in a head-on collision with a 2000 Ford landscaping truck traveling eastbound, owned by Innovative Design Landscaping Company of 40 Oak Street, Syosset.
The driver of the truck, defendant Everardo Nieto, 32, of the Bronx, was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital. His passenger, a male, 63, is listed in serious condition at Nassau University Medical Center. The driver of the Mercedes Benz, Lucille Jacobs, 84, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in critical condition and her husband Myron Jacobs, 86, was pronounced dead at 5:18 p.m. by Syosset Hospital personnel.

According to Detective Lt. Kevin Smith at a press conference on Monday, Nov. 29, a witness reported seeing the landscaping truck before the accident with another landscaping truck. The two trucks were stopped at a red light at nearby Merry Lane, at which point the witness said both took off at a high rate of speed when the light changed. “He described it as ‘they were drag-racing’,” said Smith. The second truck did not stop after the accident, said police; it is unknown whether or not the second truck is owned by the same company.

Smith said that Defendant Nieto had been arrested previously in July of 2009 in New York City with charges of DWI and Reckless Driving, and possibly a third charge, however the 90-day suspension on his license had expired at the time of Sunday’s accident, meaning Nieto did have an active license. When asked about Nieto’s blood alcohol level, Smith said that while blood had been drawn, the tests had not come back yet.
Nieto has been charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Manslaughter 2nd degree, Vehicular Manslaughter 2nd degree, two counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, two counts of Assault 2nd degree, two counts of Vehicular Assault 2nd degree, Reckless Driving, and Driving While Intoxicated. He was arraigned Tuesday, Nov. 30.

A section of Jericho Turnpike was closed for several hours on Sunday evening as police investigated the crash.