Members of a grief-stricken family can hardly believe what has happened to one of their own. They had him for just four years, and now he's gone.
Suffolk County Police say a three-car crash sent little Finn Egan, his mother and his aunt to the hospital Saturday night. But, he didn't make it.
They say Finn and his mom Emily Synder, 29, were riding in a 2008 Honda being driven by her sister Jennifer Synder, 41, of Huntington Station, when the crash happened. This was around 6:42 p.m. in Fort Salonga.
According to investigators, she was westbound on Pulaski Road, when a 2005 Honda driven by Gregory Henig, 53, of Holbrook -- heading south on Meadow Glen Road -- plowed into the Synder car, which then careened into a 1994 Buick being driven by David Deleon, 30, of Brentwood, who was going east on Pulaski Road with two passengers inside.
Finn, his mom, Emily, and his aunt Jennifer were rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, where he passed away at 10:36 p.m. Henig was taken to Huntington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There's no word on how badly -- if at all -- the Synder sisters were hurt physically.
Deleon was also taken to Huntington Hospital, and was treated and released; his passengers went to Catherine Of Sienna Medical Center in Smithtown, and were later released.
Police have impounded all three cars for safety checks.
Newsday is reporting that Finn was wearing a seat belt -- but was not in a car seat. State law stipulates that kids ages 4-6 years-old "must be secured in an age-and-size appropriate child safety seat or booster seat."
Investigators are trying to find out, if not being strapped into a safety seat made the boy's injuries so bad, he subsequently died from them. So far, police have filed no criminal charges. If you saw the crash, police would like to talk to you. You can reach the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452. All calls are kept confidential.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun