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Police say a 28-year-old Uniondale woman died when the car she was riding in slammed into building in West Hempstead Tuesday morning.

The car accident that occurred Tuesday morning in West Hempstead claimed the life of a 28-year-old woman.

Nassau County Police say Herica Contreras, of Uniondale, was a passenger in the vehicle that slammed into a building on Hempstead Turnpike around 5:35 a.m. The driver, Daritza Lopez, 18, had been operating the vehicle in the eastbound lane of the turnpike when she lost control, struck a parked car and crossed over the westbound lane, police reported. The car then entered a parking lot of an abandoned gas station and struck the side wall of a building at 130 Hempstead Turnpike.

Contreras was pronounced dead at the scene and Lopez was transported to a local hospital. She faces second degree manslaughter charges, DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. She will be arraigned as soon as it is medically practical.

Traffic was closed on Hempstead Turnpike and Westminster Road until 11:30 a.m. while an accident investigation was conducted. Many students had a diifcult time getting to St. Thomas the Apostle School in the morning as police had closed four blocks surrounding the school.

Stay with Patch for more developments.

Jusifer December 07, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Do you really have no respect @gadeer? Take any damages up with whoever in court. This is not a place to write something like that. You could have at least capitalized Contreras name out of respect. She is someone who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. She has a family and is a person just like Lopez. Accidents happen. It is the families decision to forgive her or not. My condolences go out to both families. RIP Herica
veroica flores December 09, 2011 at 03:16 AM
my she r.I.p

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