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Update: Child Dies in Fort Salonga Crash

Three-car accident along Pulaski Road Saturday evening results in Manhattan child's death.

Seven people were injured, one fatally, in a three-car accident along Pulaski Road in Fort Salonga Saturday evening, Suffolk County Police said. 

Gregory Henig, 53, of Holbrook, was driving his 2005 Honda southbound on Meadow Glen Road when police said his vehicle struck a 2008 Honda, driven by Jennifer Snyder, 41, of Huntington Station, which was travelling westbound on Pulaski Road. 

Snyder's car then struck an eastbound 1994 Buick driven by David Deleon, 30, of Brentwood, according to police. The crash happened at approximately 6:42 p.m.

Snyder and two passengers in her vehicle, sister Emily Snyder, 29, and Emily’s son Finn Egan, 4, were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. Finn Egan, of Manhattan, was pronounced dead at 10:36 p.m.

Henig was transported to Huntington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Deleon was transported to Huntington Hospital and released. Two passengers in his vehicle were transported to St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center and released.

There is no traffic signal at the intersection of Pulaski and Meadow Glen roads.

Police said as of Sunday afternoon the investigation is ongoing.

All three vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing. Suffolk Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452. All calls will be kept confidential.  

The crash marked the third fatal accident of the weekend in Suffolk. A Friday night was found dead in Lake Ronkonkoma and a on the Great South Bay Saturday morning. 

FYI June 27, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I apologize if my words were poorly chosen. It was not meant to pass judgment on Emily. Many times I've observed children riding on someone's lap, not in car seats or simply bouncing around the inside of the cars being driven. When the opportunity allows, I say something to the driver. My point was not to condemn or pass judgment, but rather to illustrate for others how shortcuts can sometimes lead to tragedy, especially when it comes to our children that we ALL love. Again, sorry if you were offended by the way I expressed myself, but the facts remain. Regardless, my prayers will continue to be for all of their family.
Person June 28, 2012 at 03:36 AM
He was not in a carseat. That's the real tragedy. This did not have to happen! Thank you for pointing out how important it is to use a carseat, and not a mere seatbelt, on a 4-year-old. I cannot fathom someone not using a carseat for a child... b/c it brings heartache! I hope people realize this.
eliza June 28, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Much love to his family..... and may Finn now be an angel. Rest in peace Finn.xo I wish everyone would just stop talking about the fact he was not in a car seat. No one ever thought,I am sure, that this would happen. It did and nothing will ever change that, so let his family mourn and let him rest in peace. He is now his mom's guardian angel.
Jen June 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
@ Person... Thank you for your seat belt car seat dissertation... however maybe you shouldn't lecture a grieving mother and the world about a mistake that was made. Im guessing your aren't the one perfect person in the world... so lay off. Emily much love and support through this time
Person June 28, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Every single day. Kids dying because they are not in car seats. I don't want to see it happen again. This fatal mistake should never happen again. I don't know what it takes to get the word out...please be safe in your car and secure your children properly!
MPW June 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
PERSON - are you the authority on car seats saving lives???? Because from what I have read booster seats reduce the incidents of death; they do not eliminate them. How come you aren't even mentioning a man who was speeding, blew a stop sign and hit this poor child??? Was he completely innocent? What it all boils down to is that this is a severe tragedy. This boy's mother is not to blame! The person who hit the car is also not to blame! This was NOT an intentional act. Please STOP trying to make this child's poor mother feel worse; it was NOT her fault! God Bless Her - send her some healing thoughts and warm wishes that she will get passed the tragic death of her son rather than acting like a know it all.
MPW June 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM
GREAT RESPONSE - This Person commentor is obviously not the type of PERSON anyone needs around. I am so horrified by the negativity toward this tragic accident. I am also shocked that nobody is even asking about the stop sign that must have been blown in an intersection with several fatalities that was never addressed by the local authorities. I guess person is just another bully going after the weakest of the three in this situation; a grieving mother. Person you should do some soul searching, look deep, and learn to apologize for your ignorant insensitivities.
MPW June 28, 2012 at 10:28 PM
You are a bully using this mother as an example of what you think needs to get preached. PATHETIC! Go to another forum - where the wounds of a mother are not as fresh.
MomMom June 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM
What?? Who puts a 4-year-old in a seatbelt? I totally agree about the importance of carseats. A seatbelt??? My 10-year-old isn't even in one yet, still a booster. I agree this kid should have been harnessed. That's not a mistake. You don't just forget to put a child in a carseat. I can't think of anything more important for any parent to do. So all the people asking about carseats, I agree 100%. If he had been in one, this would not even be a story.
Mom June 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Yeah, here too. My 4-year-old is still rear-facing. It puts their head more toward the center of the vehicle. You just can't take chances when it comes to cars.
FYI June 29, 2012 at 01:01 AM
MPW The guy that ran the stop sign was wrong but there were other contributing factors that led to the tragic loss of this child. Proper restraints DO reduce injuries and fatalities. That's a fact. Would it have saved Finn? He definitely would have had a better chance. Wouldn't if be smart to point out the facts so other parents, both moms and dads, won't be so quick to take shortcuts that could have such dire consequences? We talk about texting, driving while intoxicated, driver distraction, excessive speed, road rage and yet it you are offended by anyone who states the obvious. Save your anger and indignation. We are all equally distraught over senseless tragedies. For me, I will pay even better attention to how my kids are buckled in and pray that we all drive a little more sanely.
Marg June 29, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Deepest sympathy and prayers to the victims involved in this tragedy. You are in our hearts..
Elizabeth Egan June 30, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I am Finn's aunt-- his father's sister. My family does not blame Emily for this tragic accident and either should any of you!! We are all devastated and poor Emily is not only grieving the loss of her only child but wrought with guilt. This was not her fault! She was the best mother a child could hope for. Both his parents loved him dearly and he was truly a blessed child to have such amazing parents. Emily was extremely protective of Finn and always had him in a car seat. He was almost five and as big as my almost 6 year old. I don't know what happened to his booster that day but I know she would gladly give her life if it would bring back his! The last thing Emily needs to feel right now is guilt. Finn would be horrified if he knew people were making his mother feel guilty for this, he just wants his mom to get through this and be happy again some day. Please have some compassion, no one loved any child more than Emily and my brother Joe loved Finn.
Linda Otta June 30, 2012 at 01:06 AM
The editors should have never allowed comments to this story, or shut it down a long time ago. A Mother who lost her child is now being subjected to this? I beg of the editors to shut this down IMMEDIATELY!
Elizabeth Egan June 30, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Please, please remove this blog. It is so hurtful to our family right now. We are all grieving and filled with such sorrow. This is not fair to Emily. Someone ran a stop sign. It was a terrible, horrific accident and was not Emily's fault. She is beyond despair. Please erase this blog!!
John June 30, 2012 at 07:14 AM
I agree with Ms. Egan. Please remove the blog. People have had enough to say, the family does not need to see this any longer.
new guy June 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM
I agrees with the above posters, maybe you can remove this story and writes story on child safety in cars, and the do's and don'ts when it comes to restraining a child In a vehicle. How to's....forward facing & rear facing. I think that could serve the public better than a blog just hammering a mother.
Elli June 30, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Well it seems to me that stories with hard truths are beneficial to the public and part of the good of the media. How many other people out there might think they can "just once" not put the carseat in? I bet those reading this story would never do that now. It's illegal not to use a carseat for a reason. It has fatal results, and true this isn't the first kid to have this happen. Yeah I'd love to see a story about proper use too, but this was a case of NON-use, which is even worse. I thought maybe the seat was just not installed right, but then turns out there was NO seat. Gosh why? Where was it? I know we're all paying better attention to how we put our kids in the car now. That's a lot of good to come from this, let me tell you. Someone's kid will be safer for understanding the nighmare that can follow a mistake so big.
Reader June 30, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Has anyone thought about this poor little boy? He is the innocent here and adults failed to protect him. In Indianapolis a mother didn't have her kids in carseats in February and is being charged with 2 felonies. Ages 2 and 3, one died the other critical. Adults have the responsibility to protect children. We can't just look the other way when they don't. Why should this little boy have to pay the ultimate price with his life and no one seems upset by the lack of care given to him? That it was illegal to? Bless him and I hope his guardian angels in heaven take good care of him up there.
Reader2 June 30, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I think it's time all these "perfect" mothers get off their high horse. Any tragic loss of a child could be turned around on the mother and you're a fool if you think you are immune from it. You turn your back for a second and a child runs off and falls, mom obviously wasn't paying close enough attention. Shame on her. I am a mother of two and I can easily think of situations where I may not have the booster seat around but need to go out. When I was growing up, there were no such things as car seats for 4 yr olds. Yet we all survived. Are we going to blame the parents for the few children who were lost to accidents back then also? The fact is, we have no idea whether a car seat would have saved him. Someone drove thru a stop sign, slammed into them and plowed them into another car- there may have been nothing to prevent the fatality of his injuries. But here are all these harpy moms just all too eager to lay the blame at the feet of the poor, grieving mother based on nothing but their own feelings of superiority. Wake up people - accidents happen and there's no rhyme or reason to them. You may find comfort in thinking tht it could never happen to you bcuz you would never, ever not use a car set but if that accident is serious enough, it won't make a difference whether a seat is used. Hopefully people would treat you with more kindness and respect than you are showing right now.
FYI June 30, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Sorrry Reader but I think you are way off base questioning whether anyone has thought of this child. All of us sympathize and feel anguished by their loss and it's impossible not to think of the lost child. I can only speak for myself so I would like to explain that my postings on this article are not intended to bring anguish to anyone. Increasing awareness for other parents who unquestionably love their children might just prevent others from feeling the anguish that Emily is going through right now. Emily made a simple mistake, one that was not intentional nor indicative of her love for Finn. She is not to blame for the accident. Every loss of a child should serve as a lesson to all of us that no matter how much we love our children, they depend on us to do all we can to keep them safe. There but for the grace of God, go I. This could happen to anyone here so let's learn to control the things that are within our power like not texting, slowing down, not using cellphones and properly securing our kids.
I live in KP June 30, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Well said... Now let this be the last Comment....
Forest June 30, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Reader2, you don't have the booster sometimes and need to go out? Did I read that right? I am really speechless. How on earth could you not have the booster? If you don't, you don't go out. That's a 911 emergency. I hope you never have to actually have 911 come due to that mistake. Surely after what happened you wouldn't do that. Protect your kids. To say "we were fine" because we didn't have seats as kids isn't correct. If you got into anything less than a minor accident, you would not be here today. Seats were invented because kids kept dying. The one thing we can control is if our kids are in seats and in them correctly. Hey, I just re-harnessed my 6-year-old because she could not sit properly in a booster. If there is an accident and there was no attempt to even have the child in a seat, yeah that's bad. 2 friends were in horrific, horrific accidents. The kids survived. Injuries, yes. But no deaths. All were rear-facing to age 3, and the others harnessed up to age 7. This article here isn't a case of a kid running off...it was failure to secure the child for his age/weight/height.
Lostandfound June 30, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hmmm...it takes what 20 seconds to put a child into a carseat? Another article about this story reads "A 4-year-old boy who was not strapped into a child-safety seat was killed in a..."and I stopped reading. I didn't read all the comments but it's for sure this kid was not restrained in a carseat. Why? I'm shaken because I know what a seatbelt can do to a 4-year-old's body. It is highly inappropriate and rests on the stomach, injuring organs, not to mention the head/neck. So the community is learning something very important. Sorry not a lot of patience for any excuse when a child isn't protected.
Deb June 30, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Here is the actual law in case it clarifies things...the New York law is that a child up to the 8th birthday needs to be in a child seat or booster (and continue after the 8th birthday is recommend). The driver is responsible for complying with the law for all passengers under 16 and can be fined $25 to $100. So yes, in this case the law was broken and I'm not sure what charges are pending. But more than that I think common sense and parental concern should have come into play. The law can't really protect kids, but parents can.
Linda Otta July 01, 2012 at 02:16 PM
CLOSE THE BLOG!!!!!!!!!! It should have been closed from the get-go and the editors of the Patch showed EXTREMELY BAD JUDGEMENT in allowing this. The editors shut down commentary when "civil discourse" happens over much less. This is a personal tragedy and the Mother does not need to hear how she is wrong and have people passing judgement, let alone a blog that will live on in eternity in cyber space whenever her name is googled. SHUT IT DOWN AND REMOVE THE COMMENTS IMMEDIATELY!. ONLY SHE has to live with this the rest of her life. Don't you think from now until she is gone she will forever question "why did I go out that day" "what if I didn't go with them" "why didn't I take my own car" and EVERY OTHER DETAIL? Including the lack of car seat? Come on people and have a heart! BAD judgement Patch editors! SHUT IT DOWN AND REMOVE COMMENTARY. If this woman ends up committing suicide I hope all the posters here, and the editors are held responsible for allowing this to take place.
Dixie July 01, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Ever wonder what is really wrong with our country? Too many people have too much time to sit back and pass judgement on other people. This is a very tragic situation and a mother has lost a child!!! Really people!! You don't have anything better to do than sit and crucify this poor mother?? You were not there, you do not have all the facts and I bet you that there is not one of you that is slinging this garbage at this poor mom that is perfect or has not made mistakes themselves. If you have so much time on your hands for such negativity and hurtfullness, why not turn that around and put that energy to good use. How about taking the time that it took to post negative comments to this poor mother and write to your congressman with such harshness. There are plenty of other areas that need your attention, like elders choosing between food and medicine, parents not being able to feed their children because a parent lost their job to our wonderful economy. What, that doesn't fire you up, or is it easier to attack a grieving mother? Shame on the editors for allowing this kind of attack to go on for so long. My heart goes out to Emily and her family. You are in my prayers.
dennis July 01, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Amen!
Amber July 02, 2012 at 02:24 AM
This is a terrible tragedy and I feel so sad for little Finn and his family. However, nobody reading can say whether pr not he would have survived in a car seat. Attacking her and posting mean spirited comments needs to stop. The mother should not be blamed, and she is the one at the greatest loss here. That being said, I have a 4 year old who I thought was big enough for a booster. After reading about this accident, I went and bought two new 5 point harness car seats for our cars. So although Finn will not be brought back to this world, this tragedy has influenced myself and I am sure many other parents to provide better safety for our own children. Go to www.kyledavidmiller.org, this article in combination with Kyle's video is what really influenced me to go back to harness car seats. Rest in peace little Finn, and may his family, especially his parents, be surrounded by love and support, and someday find peace.
FYI July 02, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Amber. Great link. Thank you for posting a positive initiative produced to educate all of us to help prevent future tragedies of this nature.

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