Update: Medford Woman Killed in Crash on Horseblock Road

A Medford woman was killed in a three-car crash at the intersection of Horseblock Road and Old Medford Avenue in Farmingville near the Medford border Saturday morning, according to Suffolk Police. 

Police say a 16-year-old Farmingville teenager was driving a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck eastbound on Horseblock Road when he was struck at 6:38 a.m. by a 1996 Toyota traveling northbound on Old Medford Avenue driven by Franklyn Martinez, 23 of Central Islip. The teenager lost control of his vehicle and hit a 2002 Chevy being driven by Jennifer Colon, 40 of Medford, who was traveling westbound on Horseblock Road.

Colon was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, police said. The teenager and Martinez were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say all three vehicles were impounded for safety checks, and detectives are asking any witnesses to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652. The investigation is continuing. 

Michael Sorrentino contributed to this report. Story originally published at 1:59 p.m. and updated at 6:33 p.m. with additional information.
Dawn Falciani October 19, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Our tight little Medford Community is mourning the loss of a wonderful woman. This is a Pat Med mom that gave countless hours of her time to the children in our schools. I am proud to say I was one of the many Pta mom's that was given the honor of working side by side with her for over 12 years on the pta board. She will be dearly missed, and it will be up to all of us "moms" to look out for the two beautiful daughters she left behind. Our hearts and prayers are with them :(
Russ October 19, 2013 at 07:09 PM
The story states "Teenager lost control of his vehicle".
Kathy Williams Bucaria October 19, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Jen was one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met. She had a heart of gold but was at the same time a powerful voice for all that was great in the PM Schools. I often thought of her as a gentle giant. I had so much respect and regard for her as the PMHS-PTSA President. My thoughts and prayers to her family.
Christine Ross October 19, 2013 at 07:37 PM
@ russ, the teenager only lost control of his car after Martinez from CI hit him
Marnie Papele October 19, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Very Sad
H.LYNCH October 19, 2013 at 09:16 PM
wow. god bless. know jen many years. sorry to hear
wclavin October 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Bonnie Clavin She was always there for the 'kids' of Pat-Med. God's blessings to Jen and her family.
mellapointe2002 October 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Very sad. But the question being why was a 16 year old driving a 2013 Ram Truck at 6:30 in the morning. A child that young is not supposed to be driving without a licensed person in the car. Sorry to hear of the loss of what sounds like a wonderful person.
Flo Piro October 20, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Not true if the licensed driver was licensed in another state such as Florida.
D.Gail Siegel October 20, 2013 at 05:58 AM
I ouldn't help but notice that they said a "physicians Assistant" called the person dead? IS this part of the new face of healthcare when we don't even get a doctor to declare us dead? We get a low level healthcare worker? IS this Obamacare in action?
D.Gail Siegel October 20, 2013 at 06:01 AM
This is a very huge loss for our community. Why was she out that early herself? Does anyone know? Who was this 16 year old? Why was he/she out without a license and was the third driver drunk? I live right there and saw the police cars. There are ALWAYS deadly crashes there. This is the third one in a few years.
Patchogue Snoop October 20, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Answers 1: None of your business. 2: No, again none of your business. 3: You don't know the facts yet. Nor will they change anything. As the third driver is a minority PC prevents anyone from finding out.
St Pauls Episcopal Church October 20, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Very sad! Blessings and prayers for the Colon family.
Patchogue October 20, 2013 at 08:16 AM
My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time.
Lawrence Amster October 20, 2013 at 08:33 AM
As a community paper (online) reporting should also include what EMS/FIRE units responded to render aid... and transport... Community members man the ambulances and fire trucks and should in any reporting be recognized for their service. Unfortunately, in this accident, a fatality was involved. Finding this at a scene is not easy for anyone and even harder for 1st responders... a mention of what departments responder should be included in reporting...
Joseph Themann Jr. October 20, 2013 at 09:17 AM
We should all pay attention to our own driving,and not wonder what some else is doing and at what time,plus help other's in need
Tony Palermo October 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Jennifer Colon was my Ex GF and my friend, She will be missed by all that knew her, she was probably on her way to work, it was also her younger daughters birthday ! RIP Jenn, will always remember you and never forget you !
Elsie October 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM
FLO - even out of state drivers have to abide by NYS's driving laws. A 16 year old cannot drive in NYS even if they can in their own state.
lori musumeci October 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Jen was a loving mom wife and my best friend!! She will be missed by so many. She had a heart of gold and volunteered for the children and students of Pat-Med. On her way to work like we all do, and this tragic accident happened.my heart goes out to her daughters, husband, mom and sister. She will truly be missed. I will always love her!
majortom1981 October 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM
It is obvious Martinez floored it to beat the light and ran it and crashed into the truck. I hope Martinez is charged with vehicular manslaughter
H.LYNCH October 20, 2013 at 01:18 PM
The 16 year old didn't cause accident. Yes ems &such should be mentioned
Bonnie FramptonFaust October 20, 2013 at 02:11 PM
So sorry for the loss of someone who sounds like a wonderful person. Regardless of the fault or age of driver(s), an innocent woman is gone. No blame or guilt will bring her back, but if there is negligence or fault, I do hope the person is brought to justice and shows remorse, and learns a valuable lesson. As for the physician's assistant declaring the person deceased at the scene, they have been serving in this capacity for a very long time. It has nothing to do with "Obamacare". But what a way to drag politics into a situation that is just a tragic accident. Sheesh.
CMcDennis October 21, 2013 at 07:31 AM
There is a lot of assuming going on. NYS gives learners permits to 16 year olds. Meaning they can drive supervised between 5a-9p. After 6 months and finishing a course, they get their juniors. Unsupervised driving during that time, overnight restrictions. That means according to THE LAW, a 16 and a half yr old is ok alone during the day. There is no law on what kind of car he can drive or what he can handle. Did you think that if he wasn't in a big truck this article would have also been about a 16 y/o fatality? I don't know anyone involved or all the circumstances, but what I read here stated a different car and driver caused it. And now some of you are ripping apart a kid who for all you know was on his way to work and who has to live with the fact he was involved in a fatal accident. None of which can bring back the woman killed, whose family and friends are suffering. And yes, PA's can pronounce. EMTs can also pronounce in some situations. You don't always need a doctor.
Cameron Gambler October 21, 2013 at 07:33 AM
D.Gail Siegel doesn't know what he is talking about. Nothing to do with obamacare
Mimi Alt October 21, 2013 at 07:50 AM
My heart goes out to the Colon family ..and very sad for this 16 yr old but the parents are the ones who should be held responsible ...there is no 16 yr old with enough experience who should be driving alone I don't care what the freaken law says ...he or she should alway drive supervise until enough experience had ... And I don't care what anyone else say .. He should not have been out there ...and because the parents allowed it the poor kid has to live with the fact that he was part of something that caused the death of a mother ...soo sad
CMcDennis October 21, 2013 at 08:15 AM
If the car driven by the 23 y/o hit you causing you to lose control, would your parents be responsible? Again, I don't know the kid but for all you know he had his license legally and his parents were sending him up the road to get bagels. A 30 y/o can go take the road test & get a license with no "experience" but a 16 y/o has to document at least 50 hrs & the road test. So who has more experience there? As a first responder I've been to many accidents and it's easy to blame the youngest. The oldest. The car. The parents. Accidents happen and pointing fingers and ASSuming doesn't change the tragedy. If it comes out the kid was under the influence or ran a light or something, I'm with you & he should be punished. Until then, it was an accident set into motion by a 23 y/o, which a lot of commenters seem to have forgotten.
H.LYNCH October 21, 2013 at 08:48 AM
It has been said the 23 year old caused accident. I do not know.all is sad. It could have been a driver of 60 years instead of 26 then would it be different or would we say they are too old.
Max Pedro October 21, 2013 at 05:30 PM
I don't know why people are saying it's my friends fault. He got T-boned by a 23 year old. The 23 year old caused the freakin accident. My friend feels bad for the mother he hasn't stopped crying since Saturday. Please stop commenting with these bs comments and wait for the facts at the end. Thank you to @CMcDennis for saying what you've said.
Christina Santorello-La Scala October 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM
This was a horrible tragedy. She was my cousin and left behind 2 beautiful daughters. So many people want to pass judgement and the police don't even have all the facts it is still under investigation. Also a PA is just as educated as an MD and I know many that are more intelligent for that matter, but does it really matter it is not going to change the outcome of the situation. The people that are saying the 16yo is an inexperienced driver might very well be and that he lost control of the car but when you are T-Boned I don't care how old you are controlling a car is not easy. You can black out, break a neck and be paralyzed, or have damage to car that makes it uncontrollable. NO matter who you feel is at fault is not going to bring her back. And just as much as it heartbreaking that she is gone the other 2 involved have to live with this the rest of their life regardless of who's fault it is. But as far as I am concerned the 23 yo who ran the light is at fault. If anyone is offended by my statement I am sorry but it is more realistic then some of these comments and others are greatly appreciated
Happy GoLucky October 23, 2013 at 07:32 PM
My sympathies to the Colon family. Nothing can take the place of a mother who loved her family, friends and children with all her heart. Jen was one of a kind. My thoughts and prayers to her family.


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