2 men accused of drag-racing on LIE

CENTRAL ISLIP - Police say two men racing at speeds of up to 145 mph caused a fiery crash at an Islandia gas station overnight.

The accident happened on the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway just after midnight.

According to the Suffolk Sheriff's Department, 20-year-old Joseph Skarka and 21-year-old Jeffrey Browne were drag-racing on the LIE.

After flying past a sheriff's deputy, they got off at exit 58 and lost control, police say. One of the cars jumped the curb, plowed through a fence and slammed into a gas pump. A surveillance camera at a Gulf gas station captured the car bursting into flames and its driver jumping out of the wreck.

The other car crashed into a fence across the intersection. No one was killed, and only one passenger was injured.

Both Skarka and Browne had their licenses suspended and are now facing several criminal charges. They are being held on $75,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond.

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to 1 AG Sessions to MS-13 on LI: We are coming for you
Sen. Phil Boyle is pushing to make it 2 Sen. Boyle pushes to ban posting violent acts on social media
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was met 3 Protesters gather as AG Sessions speaks on LI gang violence
Some residents in Syosset and Woodbury are concerned 4 Syosset, Woodbury residents concerned over new cell towers
Schools districts on Long Island and across the 5 Schools warn parents about Netflix's '13 Reasons Why'

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.