Women who died in the fatal bachelorette/birthday limo party accident


The identities of the 4 young women who
died on Saturday when a pickup truck crashed into the side of their
party limousine during a Long Island wineries trip have been released.Brittany M. Schulman, 23, Lauren Baruch, 24, Stephanie Belli (above)
23, and Amy R. Grabina, 23, died when Steve Romeo’s pickup truck hit
their limo with such force that it was almost split in two.

Brittany M. Schulman
A young bride-to-be was among the
survivors. All were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital hospital.
The limo driver, Carlos Pino, 58, of Bethpage, was also taken to
hospital with injuries. 
Prior reports from police said that
the women were enjoying a bachelorette party, but they later clarified
it to be a birthday party.

Romeo has been charged with driving
while intoxicated and arraigned at his Eastern Long Island Hospital bed
where he has been since his arrest when he was allegedly caught fleeing
the scene.

According to Southold Local, Suffold
County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Miller confirmed that
Romeo, 55, had been charged with DWI and held on $1million bond bail and
that the DA will seek to upgrade the seriousness of the charges.

Amy R. Grabina

Romeo’s attorney
Dan O’Brien said that his client would plead not guilty during his
scheduled court appearance on Friday and denied he was running away from
the scene.
No results have been published yet regarding Romeo’s blood alcohol level at the time of the accident, Miller said. 
Lauren Baruch

The injured women were identified as
Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood, Melissa Angela Crai, 23, of Scarsdale,
Alicia Arundel, 24, of Setauket, and Olga Lipets, 24, of Brooklyn.

Meanwhile this same man was involved in another fatal accident last year, it has emerged. 
Steve Romeo, 55, the co-owner of
Southold based Romeo Dimon Marine Services, was operating a skid steer
loader at work in January 2014 when a bucket fell off the truck and
killed 30-year-old Andrew Leone after striking him in the head.

Police ruled that the 2014 incident
was a tragic accident, but Romeo has been charged with driving while
intoxicated and arraigned at his Eastern Long Island Hospital bed for
Saturday’s limo crash. 
Following the accident in 2014, Romeo and his business partner Kris Dimon were fined $28,000 for 4 ‘serious’ safety violations.
Leone was not wearing a hard hat inside the boating firm’s warehouse and suffered ‘severe head trauma’.

At the time, Dimon said, ‘It was a tragic accident; that’s all I can
say. And my business or personal life will never be the same because of

Source-Daily Mail


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