SUNY Cortland graduate killed in Long Island crash

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A recent graduate of SUNY Cortland was one of four young women killed in a fatal crash Saturday on Long Island.

Brittney Schulman, 23, was riding in a limo with a group of friends touring wineries on Long Island on Saturday when the accident occurred, prosecutors tell am New York.

Schulman was originally from Smithtown, N.Y., according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

Brittney Schulman

Brittney Schulman (photo provided)

Also killed in the crash were Lauren Baruch, 24, of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park, N.Y., and Amy Grabbina, 23, of Commack, N.Y.

Four other female passengers survived the crash.

The accident happened when the driver of a pick-up truck, 55-year-old Steven Romeo, collided with a limo driver on Saturday.

Romeo was allegedly driving drunk at the time of the crash. The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said Romeo was arraigned on a DWI charge Sunday at Eastern Long Island Hospital, where he remains hospitalized.

Romeo pleaded not guilty. More charges are expected, am New York reported.

SUNY Cortland said in a statement Monday Schulman was a communication studies major at the college who graduated cum laude in 2014.

Here's the full message from SUNY Cortland:

It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Brittney Schulman ’14, a recent alumna who was one of four young women tragically killed this weekend when an alleged drunk driver crashed into the limousine they were riding in.

Brittney, 23, a communication studies major who graduated cum laude, was with a group of friends touring wineries on Long Island Saturday when the accident occurred.

Our hearts are with Brittney’s family and friends as the SUNY Cortland community mourns her passing. We will share appropriate information about memorial events when it is available.


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