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Jul 10, 2019 1:02 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Woman Identified As One Of Three Victims Of Fatal Car Accident In Mount Sinai On Monday

Rebecca Minunno.  FAFCEBOOK
Jul 10, 2019 1:02 PM

A Hampton Bays woman, along with two of her friends, were pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident along Mount Sinai-Coram Road in Mount Sinai on Monday.

Two of the victims, Rebecca Minunno, 24, of Hampton Bays and Dorien Lashea Brown, 23, of Mount Sinai, were identified by Suffolk County Police on Wednesday. The third victim’s name has not yet been released.

In a press conference at the scene of the accident on Tuesday, Suffolk County Police Detective Lieutenant David Teufel said that the three women were traveling north at approximately 11 p.m. in a 2010 black Jeep Liberty when the vehicle suddenly left the road and struck a utility pole.

Det. Lt. Teufel said that the Jeep immediately overturned and the utility pole collapsed, covering the car in electrical wires, causing it to catch fire, and killing the driver and two passengers.

At the press conference, he said that an unidentified retired New York Fire Department firefighter witnessed the accident and attempted to rescue the women from the engulfed vehicle, but was “pushed back” by the flames and was “unable to help them.”

A tribute to Ms. Minunno on Facebook has been overflowing with comments from family and friends. One of the comments, posted by “Dizzy Doll,” said that Ms. Minunno dreamed of becoming a “pinup girl” with The Luscious Ladies—a social group of like-minded women “who cherish and live a retro lifestyle.” Others recalled memories of her trying to master the perfect “victory roll” hairstyle.

Others reflected on things as simple as driving to McDonald’s to ask if they had “McJello shots,” or cuddling in bed and watching “Hannah Montana.”

“How do you put into words what kind of person Becca Lynn Minunno was? It’s physically impossible,” Jessie Derk wrote in a comment. “Was she an annoying brat 90 percent of the time? Yes. But through all that she was such a kind-hearted soul. Helping anyone with anything.”

Ms. Minunno worked as a server at Recipe 7 Cocktails and Kitchen in Miller Place until the middle of last year, according to restaurant owner Paul Porrini. He said that the third unidentified victim of the accident was a fellow server who worked closely with Ms. Minunno. "We are very sorry ... they were great kids, best friends, and we're mourning their loss," he said.

On Facebook, Ms. Minunno’s fiance, Chad Dugan, called her his “rock” and “soul … the reason I wake up with a smile on my face every day.

“I couldn’t wait till the day we got married and had kids,” he wrote. “We had such a bright future full of love and memories.”

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident, including looking for video surveillance, according to Det. Lt. Teufel. At the press conference, he said that witnesses told him that the car did not appear to be speeding.

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