Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00
Just after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, a two-car collision on Salisbury Road and Bowling Green Drive in Westbury left one young man dead and two seriously injured.
Francesco Posillico, 17, was driving a 2006 BMW when he overlooked a stop sign and struck another vehicle driven by a 24-year-old woman from Levittown, police said.
Posillico, a W.T. Clarke High School student, suffered severe trauma from the accident and died from his injuries. Police said the front seat passenger in Posillico’s vehicle, Daniel Roche, 16, of Westbury, was placed into a medically induced coma, while the back seat passenger, Joseph Scaperrota, 16, also of Westbury, was listed in serious condition and had no recollection of the accident.
“It appears that this was a matter of high speed, inexperience and a stop sign that was not observed,” said Third Squad Detective Raymond Cote.
Cote noted that Posillico’s vehicle ended up approximately 150 feet from the initial site of impact and came to rest near the base of a tree, which has since been decorated as a memorial in the aftermath.
“I can tell you that it was a horrific scene. The backseat passenger in the car is a junior fireman with the Westbury Fire Department and his father responded to the scene unaware that it was his own son that was involved in the accident,” said Cote, adding, “There are many grieving families right now.”
The intersection, Cote described, is “no more dangerous than any other intersection” and features “no obstruction.” He said the 24-year-old woman from Levittown was familiar with the area because her boyfriend lives nearby, as she slowed down but could not avoid the collision. She was treated at an area hospital following the crash but did not suffer any serious injuries, police said.
Cote explained that accident experts are still working to determine the approximate speed at which Posillico’s vehicle was traveling. Investigators said evidence suggested he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time and that no alcohol or drugs were involved.
Posillico, Cote said, received his driver’s license in August 2010 and was involved in two car accidents shortly after, both resulting in property damage. The BMW he was driving at the time of the accident was registered five days before Christmas.
“Certainly we caution young and inexperienced drivers that they need to be very careful, especially when road conditions are slippery and icy,” said Cote.
The impromptu Bowling Green Drive memorial for Posillico features a large wood cross that reads, “RIP Frankie” and “Fugettaboutit,” along with candles, flowers and several signed items, including a Clarke lacrosse T-shirt, a Nike sneaker and several photographs.