Victims Identified in Fatal Newbridge Road Crash

Credit: Michael Ganci
Credit: Michael Ganci
Nassau County Police have identified the two victims in Tuesday's fatal car accident on Newbridge Road in Bellmore.

Killed in the accident were 28-year-old Telvina Zavala, of Hempstead, and 47-year-old Cipriano Perez, of North Bellmore, police said.

Nassau County detectives said that while driving northbound on Newbridge Road, the driver of a 1998 Mack “front loading” refuse truck was involved in a collision with a 2002 Hyundai driven by Perez. The Hyundai was traveling eastbound on Camp Avenue when it entered the intersection.

Zavala was sitting in the front passenger seat and was pronounced deceased  at the scene.

Perez and a 31-year-old female rear seat passenger were removed to a local hospital. A short time later, Perez was pronounced deceased by a staff physician. The rear seat passenger, from Westbury, was admitted with non-life threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition, police said.

The driver of the refuse truck suffered minor arm pain and refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

Both vehicles were impounded from the scene for brake and safety inspections and no criminality was involved in the accident.
Tom Baxter November 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Two questions concerning this crash.... 1 - How fast was the truck going. It took him two blocks to stop it, even after hitting a car sideways. I'd be surprised if he were going less than 50, given the severity of the impact and the fact that he killed two people. 2 - Was the driver of the car licensed. Did Perez have a license?
Remy Hadley November 22, 2012 at 08:34 AM
The driver the Hyundai carelessly blew a red light, killing himself and his passenger. Blow red lights, and tragedies happen, that is the unfortunate situation to this accident. The truck driver had a green light, and guess what - if he was driving a car when that man carelessly blew a red light, that truck driver could have been killed and this accident could have been very different. I feel for the families of those victims of this tragedy, including the driver as I am sure he is struck with absolute grief for something he could not have avoided. To everyone, please pay attention when you drive your vehicle. Take responsibility for all those in your car, because for that split second that something was more worthy of your attention and you blow a red light - tragedies happen. Tom your questions are little discriminatory - because his last name is Perez, is that why you are asking if he has a license? Shame on you.
margaret November 22, 2012 at 09:32 AM
My question is if the car was going east on camp ave & the truck was going north on newbridge road...which one of them went through a red light!!!!!?????? May the people who were killed R.I.P. & God help the man who hit them.. Even an accident is hard to get over when death occurs.
Remy Hadley November 22, 2012 at 09:38 AM
Police and Investigators have said - the Hyundai made a deadly mistake and went through the red light, ultimately hitting the mack truck. The Hyundai could have prevented that accident - I feel so sorry for those families.
margaret November 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Nancy Moniodes November 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM
May they rest in peace. How sad that should happen especially just before the holidays for the families.
Fazlul Haq Syed November 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM
It is an absolute tragedy . We should pray for the departed souls.
Al Bertoncin December 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
An accident of this magnitude should have never happened on a one lane residential street with a clearly posted 30 mph speed limit. In addition the accident occurred one block from a school. I aggree that the driver of the refuse truck had to be going considerably faster than the 30 mph speed limit, perhaps 50 mph given that it took the driver 1000 feet to stop the truck. This truck weighs about 50,000 lbs empty. Exceeding the speed limit, in a residential neighborhood, with a truck of this size is reckless at best.


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