Farmingdale village officials are seeking to heal a community in mourning in the aftermath of a devastating crash on May 10 that took the lives of five local teens. At the same time, officials acknowledge a need to help prevent future accidents.
On Tuesday, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Board of Trustees released this statement:
"All residents of the Village of Farmingdale are attempting to cope with the tragic and untimely death of five young people from our community. We grieve with the families who have suffered this unspeakable loss and are attempting to support them in this most difficult time in any way possible. We also pray for the recovery of the persons who suffered injuries in this accident.
"Investigations are ongoing and possible remedies to avoiding future incidents are being offered but at this time, our focus is on mourning the loss of our children and grieving with their families. There will be time later on to talk about what actions could be taken to avoid such a catastrophic tragedy.
"Officials at The Village of Farmingdale express their heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all in the community."