Mourners say tearful goodbyes to teen killed in crash

Relatives and friends slowly made their way into a funeral home Sunday to pay their respects to a West Hempstead High School senior. Saul Hernandez Lopez, 17, was killed Thursday while out to lunch with

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2008, 10:27 PM

Updated 5,934 days ago

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Relatives and friends slowly made their way into a funeral home Sunday to pay their respects to a West Hempstead High School senior.
Saul Hernandez Lopez, 17, was killed Thursday while out to lunch with his friends during school. He was in the backseat when driver Herbert Martinez, who is in critical condition, slammed into a dumpster and then a utility pole. Passenger Quinntin McDonald also died.Lopez's friends say the popular student will be sorely missed. As the community tries to cope with the tragedy, state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris is pushing for a ban on students driving off campus during school hours.
"What we know about the school policy is when there is a very narrow time frame for a lunch period that it encourages kids to speed ? to go out, get their food and get back in time for their next class," Gianaris says.
But West Hempstead High School junior James Hoffman disagrees with the legislation. "I don't think they should ban us from leaving the campus because it's not [their] fault that they left the campus," Hoffman says. "It's that Herbert was not driving as smart as he should have been, he shouldn't have been going that fast."
Lopez's funeral is April 14 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hempstead. Arrangements for McDonald were not available.


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