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Son ignores stop sign, dad dies in Cambria Heights collision: NYPD


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A 50-year-old father was killed Sunday evening after his son ran through a stop sign and their car was struck by another vehicle at a Cambria Heights intersection, according to police.

The accident occurred at 6:11 p.m. at the corner of 119th Avenue and 231st Street.

Authorities said Garth Jackson, 50, of Elmont, N.Y., was riding in the front passenger seat of a Honda sedan operated by his 19-year-old son; Jackson’s 47-year-old wife was in the backseat.

Reportedly, Jackson’s son ignored a stop sign while traveling southbound on 231st Street, and the sedan was broadsided by a vehicle traveling eastbound on 119th Avenue operated by a 17-year-old male, whom police said had a learner’s permit.

Officers from the 105th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Jackson was rushed to Franklin General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. His son was taken to Jamaica Hospital and his wife was removed to North Shore Manhasset Hospital; both were listed in stable condition.

The 17-year-old driver was rushed by paramedics to Long Island Jewish Medical Center and was listed in stable condition.

No arrests have been made, and the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is continuing to investigate.

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Train that hit truck in Maspeth was speeding: investigators


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The locomotive that crashed into a tractor-trailer at a Maspeth intersection on July 8 was traveling above the speed limit, and the man behind the switch could face disciplinary action, authorities reported.

The early-morning accident at the six-track railroad crossing on Maspeth Avenue near Rust Street caused the truck to burst into flames. The driver managed to escape with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Sources familiar with the investigation told The Courier on Tuesday that the train was moving at a minimum of 20 mph; the railroad speed limit for the area is 15 mph. Reportedly, the engineer operating the train is now facing disciplinary action.

Video of the accident obtained by The Courier shows the railroad crossing gates on Maspeth Avenue activated only at the moment of impact. A source familiar with the situation said the train’s faster speed may have delayed the gate’s activation.

But a union official, in a WABC-TV report on Tuesday, claimed one part of the gate “never comes down normally.”

New York and Atlantic Railway (NYA) President Paul Victor disagreed with notions that the gate malfunctioned, but conceded the Maspeth Avenue crossing’s design is flawed and requires improvement. The NYA reportedly asked the state Transportation Department to evaluate the signal system and the crossing’s logistics.

“Given the accident and the understanding that there have been other incidents there, it certainly makes logical sense to do an engineering evaluation of that crossing,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s a heavily trafficked route with lots of trucks and commercial traffic that goes back and forth. It’s a very unusual crossing.”

The crossing is part of the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk branch extension, which is leased exclusively to NYA west of Jamaica for its freight rail operations. Wednesday’s accident raised concerns among local residents regarding the safety at other at-grade railroad crossings along the line, such as the one on 88th Street in Glendale.

According to Community Board 5 Chairperson Vincent Arcuri, the rail switches activating the crossing gates at 88th Street are dependent upon train speed. When passenger trains operated on the Montauk branch west of Jamaica, the switches were located 300 feet away from the crossing because the trains moved at 40 mph.

With the line exclusively used for freight rail and all trains limited to 15 mph, the switches were relocated to within 10 to 20 feet of the crossing, he noted. Freight train operators were also instructed to slow down when coming to a crossing, then send a crew member out to check that the crossing gates were activated before proceeding.

This change, Arcuri said, makes drivers and pedestrians at the 88th Street crossing especially “nervous,” as they can see the train very close to the crossing well before the gates are activated.

“The LIRR decided when they stopped the two passenger train runs to abandon the passenger line and turn it over [to NYA] as a freight line so they didn’t have to upgrade the signal system,” he added. The board has requested that the LIRR move the signal switch further back at 88th Street and other local at-grade crossings for safety’s sake.

Arcuri, however, claimed the freight signal system in place on the Montauk line is similar to that used on the Bushwick branch of the LIRR — which links up to the Montauk line — and other freight rail systems across the U.S. for generations.

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St. Albans dad, two children killed in fiery accident on Long Island


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Updated July 14, 12:35 p.m.

A St. Albans family was shattered early on Sunday morning after a father and two children were killed in a two-car crash involving an alleged drunk driver on a Long Island roadway, authorities reported.

The New York State Police said that Ancio Ostane along with his two children, Andy and Sephora Ostane, died in the fiery accident on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore on July 12. Wife and mother Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane managed to escape from the wreckage with minor injuries.

According to the New York State Police, the accident occurred on the westbound lanes of the parkway near Exit 41 (Bay Shore Road) at about 1:30 a.m. Reportedly, the Ostane family was riding in a 2005 Toyota heading home from a family party in Central Islip.

A short distance after the exit, police said, a 2008 BMW operated by O’Neil Sharpe of Rockville Centre slammed into the rear of the Toyota, causing the Toyota to burst into flames. Bouaz-Ostane, who was riding in the front passenger seat, was able to get out, but Ancio Ostane and their children were reportedly trapped in their seats.

Sharpe allegedly did not stop and fled from the location following the crash, police said.

State police and paramedics rushed to the scene. Ancio Ostane along with Andy and Sephora, ages 8 and 4, respectively, were pronounced dead. Bouaz-Ostane was treated and released at South Side Hospital.

Detectives picked up Sharpe at his Rockville Centre residence later on Sunday and charged him with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Reportedly, a second individual — identified as Demetri Stewart, 23, of Cambria Heights — was also arrested for allegedly assisting Sharpe in fleeing after the accident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Driver injured after train strikes truck in Maspeth


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The driver of a tractor-trailer was hospitalized after his rig was struck by a train at a Maspeth railroad crossing early Wednesday morning, according to police.

Police said the accident occurred just before 1 a.m. in the area of Maspeth Avenue and Rust Street.

Reportedly, the New York and Atlantic Railway engine was traveling eastbound when it hit the truck that was on the four-track crossing on Maspeth Avenue. The impact caused the truck to burst into flames.

Officers from the 104th Precinct along with EMS and Fire Department units responded to the scene. The truck driver was taken to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition; no other injuries were reported.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Out-of-control SUV hits, injures two pedestrians in Flushing


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Two people were hospitalized in serious condition after being struck by an SUV near the Broadway LIRR station in Flushing on Tuesday evening, police reported.

The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. at the corner of Northern Boulevard and 162nd Street.

According to reports, the vehicle was traveling along Northern Boulevard when the driver suddenly lost control of it. The SUV veered off the road, mounted the sidewalk and struck the two victims.

Officers from the 109th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene. Paramedics transported the victims to a local hospital.

Northern Boulevard was closed in both directions at the location while the investigation was continuing, the 109th Precinct tweeted.

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Man dead after losing control of car on Belt Parkway


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A Rosedale man is dead after losing control of his car while traveling on the Belt Parkway early Sunday morning, according to police.

The NYPD responded to a call at about 3:10 a.m. of an accident near the Belt Parkway and Rockaway Boulevard. Upon arriving to the scene, police determined that 29-year-old Robert Walker was driving his car westbound on the Belt Parkway when he lost control of it and struck a roadway barrier, authorities said.

Walker was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was investigating the accident.

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Fire truck and car collision in Briarwood leaves five injured


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A collision between a fire truck and car in Briarwood on Thursday night left five people, including two firefighters, hurt, the FDNY said.

The two vehicles crashed into each other at Hillside Avenue and Queens Boulevard about 6:30 p.m.

Three people were taken to Jamaica Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.

Two firefighters, who suffered minor injuries, were transported to Queens Hospital Center.

The cause of the crash is reportedly under investigation.

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Car crash near JFK Airport kills one, injures two


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One woman was killed and two more were injured when their car struck a tree near an exit for the John F. Kennedy International Airport early Tuesday morning, police said.

The two-door Nissan sedan crashed into the tree as the vehicle was traveling eastbound on the Nassau Expressway near the Van Wyck Expressway about 3:20 a.m., cops said.

One of the passengers, Patina Deygoo, 22, of Valley Stream, Long Island, died at Jamaica Hospital.

The second passenger and the driver, both 26-year-old women, were also taken to Jamaica Hospital. The driver is in critical condition and the passenger is stable, according to police.

The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is looking into the crash.

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20-year-old woman dies in Grand Central Parkway motorcycle crash


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Updated 1:07 p.m.

A motorcyclist was injured and his passenger was killed when he lost control of his bike on the Grand Central Parkway early Tuesday morning, cops said.

The crash happened while the motorcyclist was traveling westbound on the roadway at about 4:30 a.m. just before the 94th Street exit in East Elmhurst, according to police.

The bike’s operator, a 21-year-old man, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition with injuries to his shoulder and legs.

His 20-year-old passenger, Giuseppina Lascalia of Astoria, was also taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead,  authorities said.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Two killed in Long Island Expressway collision


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Two men lost their lives on the Long Island Expressway Saturday when their car struck a guardrail at the exit for the Grand Central Parkway, police said.

The vehicle, a Subaru Impreza, was traveling westbound on the roadway at about 12:35 a.m. when the driver tried to get onto the parkway exit and failed to properly navigate the turn, cops said. The car then struck a guardrail before hitting a metal overpass structure and overturning on its side.

The driver, a 30-year-old man, and his passenger, a 31-year-old man, were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where they were dead, according to authorities.

Both victims have yet to be identified by police.

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79-year-old woman fatally struck by van in Rego Park


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An elderly pedestrian was killed Friday morning after she was hit by a van in Rego Park, cops said

The victim, a 79-year-old woman, who has yet to be identified by police, was trying to cross 99th Street at about 8:40 a.m. when she was struck as the vehicle was making a left-hand turn from 62nd Road, authorities said.

The woman was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said the driver remained on the scene and the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is investigating.

 

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One killed, six injured in Astoria crash


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Updated 10:15 a.m.

A crash in Astoria on Sunday left one person dead and six hurt, including three children and a pedestrian, after the driver had a medical episode moments before the accident, cops said.

The car, a Kia Sedona, was driving westbound on 35th Avenue near 21st Street at about 4:45 p.m. when it struck  a curb and fire hydrant before coming to rest on its passenger side on the sidewalk, according to police.

The driver, 45-year-old Anthony Boyd, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

A pedestrian, a 72-year-old woman who was struck by debris, was also taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition.

Five of the vehicle’s passengers, a 44-year-old and 28-year-old woman, and three young boys, ages 10, 6 and 1, were transported to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, cops said.

Police said they are still investigating the accident and what exactly happened to the man before the Kia Sedona crashed.

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Man killed in two-vehicle crash on Grand Central Parkway


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Updated 4:32 p.m.

A car crash Thursday night left a 19-year-old dead and sent three others to the hospital after a driver struck another vehicle on the Grand Central Parkway, according to police.

The accident happened at about 11:50 p.m. near Union Turnpike, cops said.

A Nissan Maxima was driving westbound in the parkway’s middle lane directly behind a Honda Accord when it attempted to change lanes and hit the side of the Honda, authorities said. The Nissan then lost control and struck the guardrail before overturning.

The driver of the Nissan, 19-year-old Andy Ramdhanie, of Holis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three of the Honda’s occupants, a 57-year-old and 23-year-old woman, and a 20-year-old man, were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center with minor neck and back pain.

The investigation is ongoing, cops said.

 

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Driver charged after fatally striking pedestrian on Roosevelt Avenue


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Updated Sunday, July 6, 8:25 a.m.

An alleged drunk driver has been charged after hitting and killing a pedestrian in Jackson Heights on Saturday, cops said.

The crash happened at about 4:30 a.m. on Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street, according to officials.

The victim, a man, who has yet to be identified by police, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 42-year-old Romulo Mejia, of Bradenton, Florida, and his passenger, a 35-year-old woman, were taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, cops said.

Mejia has been charged with vehicular manslaughter with a previous conviction for DWI, criminally negligent homicide, aggravated unlicensed operator, and DWI with a previous conviction in the past 10 years, according to police.

 

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Woman killed in Queens Village motorcycle crash


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A 31-year-old woman was killed Sunday night after she was struck by a car while riding her motorcycle in Queens Village, police said.

The victim, who has yet to be identified by police, was traveling eastbound on Jamaica Avenue around 10:20 p.m. when the accident occurred, according to officials.

A Nissan Maxima driving westbound on Jamaica Avenue struck the motorcyclist as the car was attempting to make a left onto Springfield Boulevard, cops said.

The motorcyclist was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

The 22-year-old driver, who was not injured in the crash, remained on the scene of the accident and investigation is ongoing, police said.

 

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