Memorial service marks 6th anniversary of Cutchogue limo crash that killed 4 young women

Friends and families gathered in Commack on Saturday to mark the sixth anniversary of a limousine crash that killed four young women and injured four others.

News 12 Staff

Jul 17, 2021, 4:46 PM

Updated 1,008 days ago

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Friends and families gathered in Commack on Saturday to mark the sixth anniversary of a limousine crash that killed four young women and injured four others.
On July 18, 2015, police say a limousine driver attempted to make a U-turn on Route 48 and Depot Lane in Cutchogue when the driver of a pickup truck t-boned the limousine.
The driver of the pickup, Southold resident Steven Romeo, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by alcohol in 2017.
A street was renamed LABS Lane in Commack to honor Lauren Baruch, Amy Grabina, Brittney Schulman and Stephanie Belli.
“It is bittersweet, it doesn't ever go away, it's how we deal with it and be as positive as we can be,” says Steve Baruch, Lauren’s dad.
Sen. Jim Gaughran got legislation passed to improve the safety of the limousine industry since the accident. Two bills were signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, banning U-turns by limousines, increasing penalties for them, and requiring them to use commercial GPS.
The families say they will continue to make sure safety measures are put in place to prevent future limo tragedies. They say they have put a package of limousine safety bills together, which are now in Washington to possibly be passed on a federal level.
“I think it's really amazing…these families have channeled just unbelievable sadness, which none of us can understand. We're going to get something done,” says Sen. Gaughran.
A permanent structure will be built this fall where the accident took place.


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