HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Family members are devastated following the deaths of three children, their mother and their grandmother in a Long Island highway crash.
Charles Knapp of the state police says investigators are working to determine whether speed and alcohol were factors in the wreck Saturday night on the Southern State Parkway in Babylon.
Myriam Lebrun of Brooklyn was driving when the car smashed into a tree.
Also killed were her mother, Yolande Moise; and her children: 14-year-old Marquis Jeanty, 9-year-old Marcel Jeanty and 8-year-old Kayla Jeanty.
A relative, Christine Moise, tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1ruNSrk ) that Marquis loved basketball and Marcel was artistic. She says Kayla was a little "diva" who could "play dress-up all day."
The children's great-uncle, Eustache Moise of West Hempstead, says he's just "trying to hang on."
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com