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Farmingdale Village Declares Monday Official Day of Mourning

Farmingdale's Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Board of Trustees declared Monday an official day of mourning after four local teenagers died in a devastating crash in Farmingdale early Saturday.

The teens were all students at Farmingdale High School.

The accident occurred at 12:04 a.m. when a 2001 Nissan that had been traveling westbound on Conklin Street crossed into the eastbound lanes and collided with a GMC Suburban. 

Three others were injured in the crash. One is a Farmingdale High School student who was in the Nissan and is in critical condition at a hospital, according to Newsday. The occupants in the GMC are hospitalized with serious injuries and expected to survive.    

Monday's day of mourning will be scheduled "out of respect for the victims and their families, and all those in the community affected by the tragic car accident," according to a press release issued by the Village of Farmingdale Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Village officials expressed their "heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all in the community."

Dale from Farmingdale May 11, 2014 at 12:25 AM
Thank you, Mayor. This is a good idea. I'm also hoping that since the article was posted at 11:08pm and is still saying "4 dead," that the rumor of the 5th student passing away is untrue. Although it's not mentioned here, please spread the word that a vigil will be held at St. Killian's at 8pm SUNDAY night, 5/11.
LT May 11, 2014 at 07:36 AM
so sad. i grieve for your loss.
Genrl Quarters May 13, 2014 at 09:35 AM
What exactly is an "official" day of mourning ? Does the town government shut down for the day ? Or is it a ''ceremonial thing" that makes a politician seem like he cares about people he may not even know ? In other words at what threshold of fatalities does it take to declare an "official day" ? Seems strange....if a single person dies in a tragic auto accident, does he or she get an "official day" ?

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