Suffolk street renamed to honor limo crash victims

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A Suffolk street was renamed Sunday to honor the four young women who were killed in a limousine crash in Cutchogue nearly three years ago.

The street outside Smithtown High School West was renamed LABS Lane, which stands for the first letter in each of the women's names - Lauren Baruch, Amy Grabina, Brittney Schulman and Stephanie Belli.

The crash happened in July of 2015. The limo was carrying eight friends on a winery tour and was making a U-turn on County Road 48 when it was hit by an oncoming driver. The four women were killed, and four other women were injured.

The parents of the victims are fighting for safety changes at the intersection where the crash happened. Last year, the county changed the blinking light at the scene to a full traffic light.

The victims’ families want a sign prohibiting U-turns and a left turn signal installed. They are also demanding better safety standards for limos and better training for the drivers.

Steven Romeo, of Southold, crashed into the side of the limo. He pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and was sentenced to probation last year.

A case against the limo driver was dismissed for inadequate evidence.

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