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An off-duty NYPD officer who was reportedly getting her nails done for a wedding has been identified as one of the four people who died Friday when a suspected drunk driver rammed his minivan into a Long Island nail salon.

Emilia Rennhack, 30, lived in Brooklyn and worked at Queens 102 Pct. with her husband, Det. Carl Rennhack, whom she married in September, according to a Facebook post by the Det. Brian “Smiles” Simonsen Foundation

“Our hearts are breaking following the tragic loss of our 102nd Police Nurse Emilia Rennhack yesterday in an off-duty incident,” the Police Benevolent Association also wrote on Facebook. “Please join us in praying for her family, friends and colleagues. Funeral arrangements to follow.”

According to police, Steven Schwally, 64, of Dix Hills was driving at a high rate of speed through a Deer Park parking lot when he drove his 2020 Chevy Traverse through the front window of Hawaii Nail & Spa around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Schwally was charged with drunken driving. He was taken to Good Samaritan University Hospital in West Islip for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Three women and one man were pronounced dead at the scene and eight women and one man were taken to various local hospitals. The names of the other victims have not been released.

Fire officials who responded to the accident said Schwally was semi-conscious when his vehicle came to a stop almost at the back of the store, which is located in a shopping center.

Police and emergency responders gather outside a nail salon in Deer Park, New York, on Friday, June 28, 2024, where a minivan crashed through a wall, killing four people
Police and emergency responders gather outside a nail salon in Deer Park, New York, on Friday, June 28, 2024, where a minivan crashed through a wall, killing four people (FOX5)

“It’s terrible, it’s going to be tough on the community … tough on the volunteer fire department, but we’ll get through it,” Deer Park Fire Department Deputy Chief Dominic Albanese said at a news conference Friday evening.

“It’s just awful to see this, especially at this time of year when so many beautiful things are happening, graduations and so on.”

Witnesses described the chaotic scene to ABC7 New York.

“Someone saw the man driving. He came out of this Kohl’s parking lot and tried to pass somebody. Then they ran right into the nail salon and you could hear people screaming and yelling,” Danielle Tanis told the new outlet.

One of the salon’s customers was shocked by what had happened.

“Yesterday I did my nails,” said Valerie Fisher.

“Look, yesterday I did my manicure and pedicure. My heart sank because life is so fragile. Life is so, so fragile.”

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney’s office said Schwally, who was still hospitalized Saturday morning, would be arraigned at a later date.

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