U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced this week that she is working to secure visas for family members of two teenagers killed last month in a car crash on the Long Island Expressway in Queens.
The driver, 19-year-old Jiahao Liang, and passenger Jennifer Gao, 16, died at the scene on Feb. 18 after their vehicle slammed into a tree on the side of the expressway, between exits 25 and 24. Meng is attempting to obtain visas for Liang’s mother and sister and Gao’s grandmother and aunt, who are seeking to travel to New York from China. Meng contacted the U.S. consulate in China and arranged for them to be interviewed for visas. If approved, they would soon fly to Queens. Liang’s father and Gao’s mother are already here.
Although funerals for Liang and Gai were held almost two weeks ago and their remains were cremated, family members still want to come to Queens to be with relatives and possibly bring the teens’ ashes to China.
“The death of these two teenagers is a terrible and horrible tragedy, and our hearts go out to their family and friends,” Meng said. “We will assist them with whatever needs they may have during this difficult time.”