LONG ISLAND, NY – A 19-year-old woman from West Islip was killed in a car crash early this morning in West Islip, police said.
Around 6 A.M. Julia Schweers was driving her 2011 Toyota Camry North on Higbie Lane when her vehicle struck a 2005 Mitsubishi box truck which was attempting to make a left turn onto Union Boulevard.
Schweers, 19, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck, Antonio Reyes was not injured.
Hours after the accident there was still broken glass and debris including a broken license plate frame laying on the floor where the collision occurred.
Shattered glass and a broken license plate frame lays on the road of the intersection between Higbie Lane and Union Boluevard hours later after an accident leaving one dead occurred early this morning. Photo: Andrew Cohen
One of her best friends, Fernanda Alzate Gomez along with her boyfriend were visiting the scene where the accident happened early this morning. She told Newsli.com that she was heartbroken and devastated from the loss of her friend. “It was so unexpected,” she said.
Ms. Gomez found out what happen to her best friend after she woke up from a text this morning telling her that Julia passed away in a car accident.
“I knew her since 7th grade.” “She was the most kind hearted person I know, she always put people before herself,” said Gomez
She took out her phone and showed Newsli that she was just texting Schweers last night while she was having dinner. She said that it was so difficult to believe they were talking the night before, then the next day she was gone.
We talked about how life can be so unexpected and every moment should be cherished because you may never know what will happen tomorrow.
Ms. Gomez showed Newsli this text message which shows that she was talking to her friend, Julia Schweers yesterday afternoon before the accident which happened this morning. Gomez said it is hard to believe that they were speaking the night before and today she’s not alive.
Ms. Gomez emphasized that she wants her friend Julia Schweers to be remembered as a truly wonderful person.
Both vehicles were impounded for a safety check and the investigating is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352.
St. John the Baptist will hold a prayer service in its chapel from 7-9 p.m. for members of the Class of 2014 and anyone else who would like to be together to remember Julia Schweers.
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