Visitation and funeral services for NYPD officer killed in Deer Park nail salon crash


Funeral services for the 30-year-old NYPD officer killed Friday when a man crashed his SUV into the Hawaii Nail & Spa in Deer Park will be held this weekend in New Hyde Park.

Emilia Rennhack of Deer Park was among four people killed when a Chevy Traverse driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed through the front window of the nail salon at 794 Grand Blvd. Jianchai Chen, 37, of Bayside, Queens; Yan Xu, 41, of Flushing, Queens; and Meizi Zhang, 50, of Flushing, Queens also died in the wreck, police said.

Steven Schwally, 64, of Dix Hills was charged with DWI, police said. He was taken to Good Samaritan for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and will be arraigned in court at a later date.

The New York City Police Benevolent Association in an X (formerly Twitter) post announced that visitation services for Rennhack are scheduled for Friday, July 5, at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home, from 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. Rennhack’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, also at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home, at noon. The funeral home is located at 506 Lakeville Road.

Rennhack served out of the 102nd Precinct in Queens.

A makeshift memorial developed Sunday outside the nail salon, with flower bouquets, candles and cards placed near the now-boarded up storefront.

The community is invited to attend a candlelight vigil for the victims on Monday at 7 p.m. outside the nail salon.

Meanwhile, several fundraisers for the victims have been at GoFundMe.

Nine other people were injured at the nail salon. Nicole Miele, 54, of Dix Hills; Ana Garcia, 53, of Bay Shore; Wen Jun Cheng, 35, of Bayside, Queens; and Michael Mehale, 58, of Deer Park are all being treated at area hospitals for serious but not life-threatening injuries, cops said.

Additionally, Carol Garcia, 23, of Bay Shore; Toni Saccente, 32, of West Islip; Krystal Rodriguez, 37, of Bay Shore; Nicole Saccente, 55, from Cape Coral, Florida; and a 12-year-old girl whose identity is being withheld, were all treated at area hospitals for injuries.

This story has been updated to reflect news about the candlelight vigil, the memorial and the fundraisers.

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