A bride in the US is in critical condition and four of her closest friends are dead after a drunk driver slammed into their hen's day limousine in New York on Saturday.
The group had just left a vineyard minutes before the tragic crash, reported NY Daily News.
Steve Romeo's pick-up ploughed into the limo along Route 48 in Cutchogue at around 5pm, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley told Newsday.
The limo, which was attempting to make an illegal U-turn, was almost split into two.
Witness Lynne Lulfs told the New York Daily News: "We saw bodies hanging out of the left side of the car. They looked like young girls."
A passing motorist, Mr Ted Webb, 76, called emergency services and ran to the limo after the accident. He said: 'They had to have died instantly. There was no noise. No screaming, no shouting."
Mr Webb added that the survivors were in a state of shock.
The limo driver, Mr Carlos Pino, 58, was hospitalised.
Among the dead were Miss Brittany Schulman, 23, Miss Lauren Baruch, 24, Miss Stephanie Belli, 23, and Miss Amy Grabina, 23.
"There was a bride - she survived - and a group of friends... they were celebrating," Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Miller said, reported NY Post.
Police said Romeo was arrested for driving while intoxicated. They said the driver initially fled the scene, but was soon caught.
Romeo pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at US$500,000 (S$685,000) cash or US$1 million bond.
This article was first published on July 21, 2015.
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