Scott Martella, RIP: Photos to Remember Martella’s Life

Scott Martella with his fiancee, Shelbi Thurau. Scott Martella, 29, was one of five people who died on Aug. 21 in a horrific crash along the Long Island Expressway. Martella was remembered as a rising political star in Long Island but also in the State of New York, in a flood of tributes that came in on social media and elsewhere. He was a New York native who worked for several years for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who remembered him fondly, and was most recently a communications director for County Executive Steven Bellone of Suffolk County. Bellone said on Facebook: “Scott Martella dedicated his all too brief life to public service and to helping others. He is known across Long Island as a leader and a great man." Cuomo remembered Martella similarly, saying, he was “a dedicated, beloved public servant who worked day in and day out to improve the lives of his fellow New Yorkers,"' according to Fios1. Martella's car was struck by a vehicle driven by Carmelo Pinales, who crossed a grassy median on the Long Island Expressway. Martella died at the scene in a crash that left paramedics shaken at the scene. Martella's fiancee, Shelbi Thurau, was also in the car, but she did not suffer life-threatening injuries. They were engaged, and were planning to be married in a few months. Shelbi and Scott were high school sweethearts who were engaged in the same school auditorium where they met, according to photos Shelbi posted on Facebook. Scott posted many pictures on Facebook with Shelbi. Friends and co-workers recalled Martella as a rising star in Long Island and New York politics who was taken too soon. Four other people also died in the crash, including Carmelo Pinales, his sister, Patricia, 27, and Pinales’ son, Christopher, 10. An 81-year-old man, Isidore Adelson, also died in another vehicle. Authorities are investigating whether Pinales was speeding.(Facebook/Scott Martella)