Kings Park High School Senior Isabel Carella Killed in Commack Crash
KINGS PARK, NY – A promising young life was cut short in a horrific car accident on Long Island that also injured four other teenagers.
It happened on the eve of the end-of-year festivities at their high school, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Thursday.
These days were supposed to be feast days. Instead, the community of Kings Park is in mourning. Graduation and prom are a week away, and 17-year-old Isabel Carella will be tragically missed.
Carella, a high school student, died Wednesday after leaving school. She was a passenger in a car full of friends that crashed in Commack.
“I heard this loud ‘boom’, you know, a crash,” said Lawrence Rubin, who heard the impact on his fence on Indian Head Road and witnessed the harrowing scene.
Suffolk Police say the 17-year-old driver of a convertible swerved to avoid a car slowing down to make a turn and losing control.
The driver and his two rear passengers, all juniors from Kings Park High School, were injured. Carella, according to police, was a front passenger and was wearing a seatbelt.
No drugs, alcohol or criminality is suspected.
“The preliminary cause of the accident appears to be distraction on the part of the Mustang operator, but we have no evidence to indicate that speed was a factor at the time,” the detective said. Suffolk County Police. Lieutenant Michael Crowley.
Heartbroken classmates received advice.
Carella, known as “Issie”, was a member of a kick line, choir and theater and had just posted photos from a senior party.
“Has a good heart, always does things to make people happy,” said Michael Spinelli, a junior at Kings Park High School. “Everyone’s heart is just crushed. It’s so sad when I heard the news.”
Her smile still beams from her lawn, where her parents have requested privacy.
She was an elite competitive team dancer. Her dance teacher said the team had lost a beautiful soul.
“Issie was so special, honestly. She and her mom were always the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Sara Jean Haas said.
The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are dubbed the 100 deadliest days due to the tragic spike in the number of teenage driving deaths.
“I can’t imagine what the parents are going through. I have two daughters and a son, I called them, told them I love them and be careful,” said Commack resident Greg Papadopoulos.
Friday was to be one last dance recital for Carella and her classmates. Instead, they will observe a moment of silence with prayers for the other students involved; two are still hospitalized.
The 19-year-old driver of the other car was not seriously injured. Suffolk Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or has information or video to contact them.