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Police identify teen boys killed in Far Rock crash

Police tape hangs from a pole at the corner of Beach 41 Street and Rockaway Freeway. Photo by Christina Santucci
TimesLedger Newspapers

FAR ROCKAWAY — Two teenagers from the Rockaways were killed after the car they were riding in hit a concrete pillar holding up the subway in Far Rockaway early Saturday, police said.

At about 3 a.m., cops were called to the grisly crash at Rockaway Freeway and Beach 41st Street, and emergency responders pronounced 15-year-old Raheem Dempster of Rockaway Beach, who had been riding in the front seat, dead at the scene, the NYPD said.

A 14-year-old male passenger, identified by police as Far Rockaway resident Justin Kindred, was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was declared dead, police said.

Brooklyn resident Cyirell Lomax, 19, who had been behind the wheel of the green 2009 Toyota Corolla at the time of the crash, was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and insufficient taillights, a spokeswoman for the NYPD said.

At the intersection where they died, two religious candles had been placed.

Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4589.

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