Four Women Dead After Hit-and-Run Almost Severs Their Limo: Police
updated 07/19/2015 AT 06:05 PM EDT
•originally published 07/19/2015 AT 11:40 AM EDT
The crash happened at about 5 p.m. time in Cutchogue on the North Fork of Long Island, police told the New York Post. The limo was attempting to make a U-turn, they said.
Three women were killed on impact and a fourth woman later died from her injuries, officials told CBS New York. More than one of the surviving passengers was also injured.
The group, who were touring a winery, hired the limo so they could drink responsibly, according to the Post.
The truck's driver immediately ran into the woods nearby, police allege to the Post, but he was apprehended and charged with driving while intoxicated.
The truck's driver, Steven Romeo, 58, of Bethpage, was arraigned at Eastern Long island Hospital and ordered held on $1 million bond, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office told NBC New York. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to multiple reports, police identified the four women who were killed as Brittany Schulman, 23, and Lauren Baruch, 24, both of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park; and Amy Grabina, 23, of Commack.
The injured women were identified as Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood, Melissa Angela Crai, 23, of Scarsdale, Alicia Arundel, 24, of Setauket, and Olga Lipets, 24, of Brooklyn. All were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital hospital. They were listed in serious but stable condition Saturday night, according to NBC New York.
Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said the limo driver's U-turn was "a dangerous move."
He described the scene as "hectic," and there are conflicting reports about the total number of passengers and the number of injured victims, and whether or not the group was part of a bachelorette party.
A department official was unavailable for comment, but the local district attorney is preparing a statement for release on Sunday, Southold police tell PEOPLE.
One witness, on the scene moments after the crash, described the survivors this way to Newsday:
"They looked like they were in a state of shock. They weren't screaming or shouting. They're sitting in the back [of the limo] and they saw what happened directly in front of them."
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