Accident at Long Island nail salon kills 4, including off-duty NYPD officer


The Suffolk County Police Department on Friday released the identities of the four people killed when an SUV crashed into a Long Island nail salon.

The Suffolk County Police Department said in a release Saturday that Jiankai Chen, 37, of Bayside, Queens, Amelia Renhack, 30, of Deer Park, Yan Xu, 41, of Flushing, and Meijie Zhang, 50, of Flushing.

Nine people, including a 12-year-old girl, were injured in the accident.

Customers and employees were at Hawaiian Nails and Spa on Grand Boulevard in Deer Park when an SUV crashed into the front window, police said.

One of the victims, Reinhack, was an off-duty New York City police officer who was getting her nails done at the time of the accident.

Emilia Reinhack.NYPD PBA

She was an officer with the 102nd Precinct in Queens. A New York City Police Department spokesperson confirmed her death on Saturday.

The NYC Police Benevolent Association said they were “heartbroken” by Reinhack's death.

“Please join us in praying for his family, friends and colleagues,” the association said in a Facebook post.

All four people died on the spot. Nine others were injured, aged between 12 and 58.

Four people were being treated at area hospitals for serious injuries but none were life-threatening, and five others were treated at hospitals, police said.

The driver, Steven Schwally, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was taken to a hospital and will be questioned later, the department said Saturday.

Authorities allege he was driving his Chevrolet Traverse at a high rate of speed through a parking lot when he crossed Grand Boulevard and continued driving through the parking lot of a nail salon before crashing into a window.



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