4 dead after vehicle crashes into Long Island nail salon, suspect charged with DWI

Steven Schwally, 64, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Four people were killed and ten others injured after a vehicle crashed into a Long Island nail salon Friday, authorities said.

Steven Schwally, 64, was driving a Chevrolet Traverse southbound at a high rate of speed in a Deer Park parking lot around 4:30 p.m. when he crossed a road and continued into another parking lot, Suffolk County police said Saturday. Schwally then crashed through the front window of Hawaii Nail & Spa.

The vehicle traveled almost all the way to the back of the nail salon, authorities said.

Three women and one man were clearly dead at the scene.

Jiancai Chen, 37, of Bayside, Queens; Emilia Rennhack, 30, of Deer Park; Yan Xu, 41, of Flushing, Queens; and Meizi Zhang, 50, of Flushing, Queens, were identified by police Saturday as the four people killed in the crash.

Rennhack was an off-duty New York police officer, according to WABC in New York. The 30-year-old officer was assigned to the 102nd Precinct, the station reported.

“The NYPD mourns the loss of Officer Emilia Rennhack of @NYPD102Pct,” the police department posted on X. “She was tragically killed yesterday while off-duty on Long Island. Please keep her family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts.”

Ten people, including the driver, were taken to area hospitals.

Schwally, of Dix Hills, Long Island, was “partially conscious” after the accident. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and remains hospitalized, according to police.

He was charged with drunk driving and will be arraigned at a later date, police said Saturday.

Four of the injured victims were hospitalized with serious injuries, but are not life-threatening. Five other people, including a 12-year-old girl, were treated at area hospitals for their injuries.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Saturday offered his “deepest condolences and prayers” to Officer Rennhack’s family and loved ones.

“It is never easy to learn that we have lost one of our dedicated public servants, regardless of the circumstances,” Adams said. in a post on X.

Suffolk County Police detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact the department’s Major Case Unit.

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