Nassau County exec wants street named after sophomore basketball star killed in car crash

Chris Cwik
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A Nassau County exec wants to honor the life of Uniondale High School basketball star Jomani “Jo-Jo” Wright. Laura Curran said she would file legislation to rename a portion of Uniondale Avenue after Wright, who was killed in a car crash Wednesday. He was 15.

Curran called Wright “an inspiration to his teammates, friends, family and community.”

Wright was killed Wednesday afternoon after a car he was in was involved in a crash. After hitting another vehicle, the car Wright was riding in collided with a pole. Wright was taken the Nassau University Medical Center, “but could not be saved,” according to Three other teens were in the car with Wright. They were all taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The group was on its way to the gym to work out.

Jomani Wright had promising basketball future

Wright was considered one of the top players in New York, according to

“He was a varsity player in eighth grade and was named Nassau County’s Player of the Year in ninth grade. He was also one of the top-ranked freshman in New York State last season.”

In April, Uniondale High School congratulated Wright on being named to the 6th All-NY State Team. The school also called Wright the “definition of a student-athlete,” saying Wright was “an extremely brilliant kid.”

Wright’s father — Joe Wright — told WABC in New York that Jomani had his mind “set on being a pro.”

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