Villanova student, former University of Pennsylvania hockey player among the five killed in an Uber crash in New York


On Saturday, five people were killed in a crash while riding an Uber on Long Island, including a junior from Villanova University and two brothers from the University of Pennsylvania.

The accident happened at around 11:20 p.m. on the Montauk Highway in the village of Quogue. Investigators said that there, a Nissan Maxima driver turned to oncoming traffic and interacted with a car carrying Uber. The passenger’s Toyota Prius collided.

Four Uber victims were killed in the accident, including 20-year-old Villanova School of Business student Michael Farrell and his brother, former Pennsylvania hockey team captain James Farrell, 25-year-old. Uber’s driver, 32-year-old Farhan Zahid and 25-year-old passenger Ryan Keiss were also pronounced dead at the scene. The 22-year-old passenger Brianna Maglio was hospitalized in a critical condition.

Authorities said that the driver of the Nissan Maxima, identified as 22-year-old Justin Mendes, also died in the accident.

Quogue police said a police officer saw Maxima speeding on the westbound lane of County Road 80 and turned around to chase the car. The official was unable to catch up with Chollima before colliding with the Prius, which was traveling eastward.

The Pennsylvania State Hockey Team expressed condolences to Farrell’s family on Twitter on Monday.

“Pennsylvania sports are heartbroken and saddened by this tragic loss. In this incredibly difficult time, we are still with the Farrell family and everyone who knows James,” Pennsylvania Athletic said in a statement. “As the captain and leader of our student-athlete advisory committee, James has left an indelible mark on Pennsylvania State lacrosse. He will be truly missed.”

Catherine Burns, vice president of student life at Villanova, sent a statement to the university community via email. Michael Farrell was remembered during the Mass held in the Church of St. Thomas in Villanova on Monday.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Michael’s family and friends for this heartbreaking loss. Michael’s brother James also passed away in the accident. We ask you to keep Michael, James and his family and relatives in the meantime. This is a very difficult time in your thoughts and prayers. The University Counseling Center and Campus Department provide services to anyone who is sad and wants to talk to someone.”

This week, Scranton University’s former hockey player Ryan Kiess was also remembered by his team.

Brianna Maglio, Case’s girlfriend and a graduate of Scranton University, continue to receive treatment for her injuries.

“Ryan and Brianna both graduated from Scranton and both played for the Scranton Lacrosse team. Brianna received a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2019; Ryan received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2018 and a master’s degree in accounting in 2020,” Said Rev Joseph Marina, President of Langton University. “They have many friends in Scranton and they are moved by their lives. We will continue to pray with a heavy heart and express our love to all those affected by this tragic accident.”

The company said Farhan Zahid has been an Uber driver for two years.

Uber said in a statement: “We are with Mr. Zahid and the families of four other people who were killed in this heartbreaking accident, and we hope that the survivors will fully recover.”

The NTSB, the New York State Police Department and the New York Attorney General’s Office are still investigating the crash.





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