Olga Lipets, survivor of a Long Island limo crash that killed four of her friends and injured others, seeks unspecified damages

By Maria Coder
July 31, 2015 03:25 PM
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A survivor of the devastating limousine crash on Long Island that killed four friends is suing both drivers involved and their companies, the Associated Press reports.

In a lawsuit filed on Thursday, 24-year-old Olga Lipets is seeking unspecified damages for the injuries she suffered in the July 18 crash in Cutchogue.

Steven Romeo, 58, of Bethpage, is accused of driving drunk when his truck slammed into the limo, cutting it nearly in half. Police say he fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended in nearby woods.

The suit names Romeo, the company he co-owns, the limo driver and his employer as defendants.

Jason Paris, Lipets’ attorney, says she has undergone surgeries for multiple fractures.

The crash happened around 5 p.m. on July 18 on Route 48 in Cutchogue, on the North Fork of Long Island, as the limo was trying to make a U-turn.

Three women were killed on impact. A fourth woman died later from her injuries. There were eight women in the limo at the time.

Police identified the four women who were killed as Brittany Schulman, 23, of Smithtown; Lauren Baruch, 24, of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park; and Amy Grabina, 23, of Commack.

The injured women were identified as Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood; Melissa Angela Crai, 23 of Scarsdale; Alicia Arundel, 24, of Setauket; and Olga Lipets, 24, of Brooklyn.

The limo driver, Carlos Pino, 58, of Bethpage, was taken to an area hospital with injuries and is expected to survive, NBC New York reports.

Romeo was arraigned at Eastern Long Island Hospital and ordered held on $1 million bond, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office told NBC on July 19.

He has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

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