4 killed, 9 injured after vehicle crashes into Long Island nail salon

Four people were killed and nine others were injured when an SUV crashed into a nail salon on Long Island, New York, Friday afternoon.

The vehicle struck Hawaiian Nails & Spa on Grand Boulevard in Deer Park shortly before 5 p.m.

Suffolk County police said Saturday that the driver, Steven Schwally, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was taken to Good Samaritan University Hospital in West Islip for non-life-threatening injuries and will be arraigned later.

According to Lt. Kevin Heisenbuttel, all of those killed or injured were inside the salon at the time. He said some people were trapped in the salon and were evacuated by emergency services.

Shively, 64, was reportedly driving a Chevrolet Traverse southbound at a high rate of speed through a parking lot when it crossed Grand Boulevard, police said in a news release. The vehicle continued through the nail salon's parking lot and collided with its front window, authorities said.

An eyewitness told NBC New York that the SUV drove past the business establishment and almost into the back of the salon.

Three women and one man died at the scene, police said. Eight of the injured were taken to local hospitals by ambulance and one was airlifted to a hospital.

According to NBC New York, a witness said he saw the vehicle speed through a parking lot across the street before the crash. The witness said the driver “seemed to be in a hurry” and was trying to dodge another vehicle when he rammed into the building.

Pictures from the scene show a large hole in front of the shop.

Another witness said he heard the sound of a speeding car followed by a “bang,” the Associated Press reported.

“It was a sound I had never heard before,” he said.

About 150 firefighters and EMS personnel arrived at the scene.

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