Investigators are trying to determine what caused a car to crash into a pond on Long Island, killing all three men inside.
Frantic efforts failed to rescue the men after the car went into the cold and icy pond Sunday night near the Northern State Parkway and Searingtown Road.
The victim's identities have not yet been released.
Just before 6 p.m. Sunday, a New York State Trooper was in a marked patrol car on the Northern State Parkway eastbound at Exit 25.
At that time, a 2010 Honda passed his location, and the license got a hit that the vehicle was stolen in Hempstead on January 6th, said Major David Candelaria of the New York State Police. The trooper then started to follow the vehicle.
The Honda then went into a pond off of Northern State Parkway near Searingtown Road and IU Willets Road after accelerating in the intersection.
"The trooper was the first on the scene...he was alone. He called EMS and everyone," added Major Candelaria.
Candelaria also added that the incident was not a police chase.
Investigators are looking onto whether speed and the icy road conditions were a factor in the crash.