Update: One victim of deadly limo crash released from hospital


Update Wednesday 12 p.m.: All of the women injured in Saturday’s fatal limousine crash in Cutchogue are in good condition, hospital officials confirmed Wednesday.

One of the four, Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood, has been released from Peconic Bay Medical Center, said hospital spokesperson Mary Thomas.

Original Story: One of the four women injured in Saturday’s fatal limousine crash in Cutchogue is in “serious” condition two days after the crash, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Scarsdale resident Melissa Crai, 23, remains hospitalized at Stony Brook University hospital as of Monday morning, said media relations manager Greg Filiano.

Two other victims —Alicia Arundel of Setauket and Olga Lipets of Brooklyn, both 24 years old — remain at Stony Brook Hospital, Mr. Filiano said. Ms. Arundel is in “good condition” while Ms. Lipets is listed as “fair,” he said.

A fourth victim, Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood, underwent surgery at Peconic Bay Medical Center and is listed in “stable and good condition” as of Monday morning, said hospital spokesperson Mary Thomas.

The four women were injured in Saturday’s deadly crash on Route 48, when the limousine they were riding in was allegedly t-boned by a pickup truck while attempting a U-turn along County Road 48 shortly after 5 p.m., police said.

The crash claimed the lives of four women: Brittney Schulman, 23, of Smithtown; Lauren Baruch, 24, of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park; and Amy Grabina, 23, of Commack.

Southold Town police said the driver of the truck, 55-year-old Southold businessman Steve Romeo, was driving drunk at the time of the crash. Mr. Romeo was arraigned on a driving while intoxicated charge while being treated at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, authorities said.

A Suffolk County prosecutor said she expected charges to be “upgraded significantly.” Police officials will host a press conference in Southold early Monday afternoon.

But hospital officials there would not confirm he was still at the hospital or provide an update on his condition.

The driver of the limousine, 58-year-old Carlos Pino of Bethpage, was also injured. An update on his condition wasn’t immediately available and a spokesperson for the limousine company he worked for declined to comment on his status.

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(L-R) Alicia Arundel, Melissa Crai, Joelle Dimonte, and Olga Lipets remain hospitalized from this weekend’s deadly limousine crash on Route 48 in Cutchogue. (Credits: Facebook)