Tag Archives: Car Crash

MTA bus crashes into Springfield Gardens home to avoid intoxicated driver

| amatua@queenscourier.com

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An MTA bus that swerved to avoid a car crashed into a two-story house on Saturday night and injured 12 people, police said.

The Q113 bus was traveling along Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Springfield Gardens when a white 2015 Chrysler traveling in the opposite direction on the street ran a red light and turned left into the bus’s lane on South Conduit Avenue, according to police.

The bus collided with the car at about 9:40 p.m., then crashed into two parked cars, a metal fence and stopped near the side of a two-story house at the intersection of South Conduit Avenue and Meadow Road.

According to authorities, the 10 people on the bus and two people in the Chrysler were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

The driver of the four-door sedan, a 24-year-old man, was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, obstruction of government administration, failure to stop at a stop sign, and several other traffic violations, police said.


Four injured after minivan slams into Woodside therapy center

| amatua@queenscourier.com

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A minivan slammed into a therapy center on Queens Boulevard in Woodside on Thursday, injuring four people, according to the FDNY.

The green Honda Odyssey jumped the curb and hit the Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Center of Queens at 65-35 Queens Blvd., shattering a window at about 9:21 a.m. Four people were taken to Elmhurst Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the FDNY said.

According to published reports, the vehicle was trying to avoid hitting another car and swerved, causing the crash. The car knocked a hole into the wall and was wedged halfway inside.

Kids Time, a daycare center next door, was evacuated as a precaution, published reports indicated.


U-turn proves fatal for driver involved in Springfield Gardens crash

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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A 60-year-old Long Island man died early Wednesday morning after colliding with another car while making a U-turn at a Springfield Gardens intersection, according to police.

The fatal accident occurred at 1:21 a.m. at the intersection of Rockaway and International Airport Center boulevards, about a mile west of Brookville Boulevard.

Police said Donald Angrum of Hempstead, Long Island was behind the wheel of a 2015 Hyundai Elantra traveling eastbound on Rockaway Boulevard when he decided to make a U-turn onto the westbound lanes.

As he did so, his vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2005 Chevrolet Impala operated by a 41-year-old man traveling westbound on Rockaway Boulevard, authorities said.

Officers from the 105th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Both drivers sustained head and back injuries and were brought to Jamaica Hospital. Angrum died at the medical center a short time later; the 41-year-old driver was listed in stable condition.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.


Ozone Park man dies in high-speed South Jamaica car crash

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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Speeding on a South Jamaica street proved fatal for a 41-year-old Ozone Park man who died when he lost control of his car and struck a tree Sunday evening, police reported.

Authorities said the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. in front of a home on North Conduit Avenue near 159th Street.

Police said Troy Smith of Rockaway Boulevard was behind the wheel of a 2010 Hyundai sedan traveling in the center lane on North Conduit Avenue at what was described as an unsafe speed.

Reportedly, the vehicle suddenly veered to the right, struck the curb and mounted the sidewalk, then turned on its side and smashed into a tree.

Officers from the 113th Precinct responded to the scene along with EMS units, who pronounced Smith dead at the location. No other injuries were reported.

An investigation by the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.


Driver dead in one-car crash outside Rosedale home

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

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A 39-year-old man is dead after a car crash in front of a residential home on the Queens/Nassau border in Rosedale Sunday morning, according to police.

Reportedly, the accident occurred at 4:55 a.m. in front of a home on Hook Creek Boulevard near Essex Place.

Officers from the 105th Precinct found the driver, Benjamin Louis of 110th Avenue in Queens Village, unconscious and unresponsive with severe trauma about the body. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives with the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad determined that Louis, while behind the wheel of a 2001 Acura sedan traveling southbound on Elmont Road, lost control of the vehicle. The sedan then went onto a grass field, smashed through a fence and then collided with the front steps of the Hook Creek Boulevard residence.

The investigation is ongoing.


64-year-old man dies in LIE car crash

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

A 64-year-old man was killed on the Long Island Expressway Thursday afternoon when his car slammed into an exit ramp divider before crashing into another vehicle, police said.

The incident happened just after 1 p.m. on the eastbound side of the roadway at the exit for the Douglaston Parkway near Oakland Gardens.

As the driver approached the exit, his Hyundai Sonata veered to the right and struck a barrier, authorities said. His car then veered back onto the expressway where it hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

EMS took the Hyundai’s driver, who wasn’t immediately identified by police, to North Shore University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Jeep was uninjured.

The investigation is ongoing.


Two dead in fiery crash in front of Queens high school

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

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Updated Tuesday, April 7, 10:27 a.m.

Two people were killed early Sunday morning after their car crashed into scaffolding in front of Jamaica’s Thomas A. Edison High School and burst into flames, police said.

A Nissan Maxima was traveling eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway service road about 4:25 a.m. when it lost control coming off the roadway, authorities said. The vehicle then struck scaffolding located outside of the school at 65-65 84th Ave. and the car caught on fire.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was speeding when it crashed, police said.

Once responding FDNY personnel were able to extinguish the flames, officers found two people inside the vehicle. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not immediately release their identities.


Man dead after losing control of car on Belt Parkway

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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.


Three men in serious condition after car gets wedged under truck in East Elmhurst

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Three men were seriously injured early Friday morning when their car crashed and became wedged underneath the rear of a tractor trailer in East Elmhurst, according to police.

The black Volkswagen, holding a 19-year-old driver and his two passengers, was heading eastbound on Astoria Boulevard about 4:30 a.m. when it rear-ended a truck near 111th Street and got stuck under the back end of the trailer, cops said.

The driver and passengers were removed from the vehicle by emergency personnel. The driver and a 19-year-old passenger were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, and a 31-year-old passenger was taken to New York Hospital Queens, police said. All three men are still listed in serious condition.

The truck driver was not injured and the cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to police.


Elderly driver plows car into Bayside garage after mistaking accelerator for brake

| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Garage crash

An elderly woman shocked her Bayside neighbors when she accidentally plowed her car through her garage on Friday, police said.

The woman — whose age and name were not immediately released by police — was pulling into her garage on 48th Street about 1:15 p.m. when she mistook the accelerator for the brake and ripped through the structure, cops said.

The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries while rescue services extracted the car.


Three injured in fiery Howard Beach car crash

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A two-car accident in Old Howard Beach caused one to flip over and the other to catch fire Wednesday afternoon.

The accident happened on 159th Avenue and 99th Street at around noon. At the scene, one car was flipped on its side and hit the fence of the corner house on the block, while the other hit a utility pole and burst into flames.


The fire was put out quickly by first responders.

Three people were taken to Jamaica Hospital and one person refused to go to the hospital, according to the FDNY.

The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear.


Man run over by parked car in St. Albans: report

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An out-of-control vehicle smashed into a parked car in St. Albans Friday night, causing it to jump the curb and hit a man, according a published report.

A driver in a green Toyota Camry pulled out of a nearby restaurant parking lot on Linden Boulevard at about 7 p.m. and lost control of his car, the Daily News reported. It then struck a parked Buick, which vaulted the curb and ran over the unidentified victim.

The victim was was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

The driver of the Toyota claimed his brakes failed, according to the Daily News. But when cops tested the brakes, they were able to stop the car.

Police are still investigating and charges haven’t been filed.


Maspeth family pushes for safety after fatal accident

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Zoraya B. Torres

Angela Hurtado’s family knows that nothing will bring her back, but they are hoping something will be done to protect other pedestrians. 

Hurtado, 68, was hit and killed while crossing Grand Ave. at 69th Pl. at about 11 a.m. on Jan. 18.

She had been going to play bingo at a local center, according to her daughter, Zoraya B. Torres, who had spoken to her just hours before.

“My mom was a very humble woman, a good-hearted person and a loving mother,” Torres said. “It’s hard to believe that something so horrible could have happened to her.”

It was the last time she would talk to her mother, as a driver in a Mitsubishi Montero swung around the corner to make an illegal left turn, hitting Hurtado, according to the NYPD.

She was rushed to Elmhurst General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Cops arrested the driver, Abel Tinoco, who remained at the scene. Tinoco, 28, was driving with a suspended license, and was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator, police said. His sentence is pending.

But that’s not enough for Torres, who believes more awareness is needed for the intersection.

Just visiting the scene, she noticed other people making the same illegal turn. Torres wants to contact transportation and elected officials to remedy the problem.

“Something needs to be done, because someone else could get hit,” Torres said. “My family is devastated, we are in shock to know that we are not going to see her, or feel her love. I wouldn’t want anybody to go through what we are going through.”

Torres said Hurtado went to church every day. Originally from Ecuador, she moved to America when she was 21 years old and had lived in Queens since.

Hurtado was a former housekeeper for the 3 World Trade Center Marriott Hotel at the time of the 9/11 attacks, but left the building before it was destroyed. She also beat cervical cancer when she was 33.

A wake for Hurtado was held Jan. 21 at Gerard J Neufeld Funeral Home in Elmhurst. On Jan. 22, her body was flown to Ecuador, where she will be buried.

“My mom always would tell us, ‘If anything ever happens to me, I want to go home,’” Torres said. “She asked us to do it, because that’s where her parents are.”



Driver arrested in Howard Beach car crash that left one dead

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Updated 5:24 p.m.

Police have arrested a motorist who they say is responsible for a car accident that killed 38-year-old Jimmy Sinisi early Saturday morning.

James Celauro, 23, of Ozone Park, is charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWAI, or driving while impaired by alcohol, authorities said.

Celauro crashed his 2006 Ford sedan into Sinisi’s 2001 Saturn around 1 a.m. in Howard Beach on November 30, according to police. He entered an intersection at 159th Avenue and 98th Street and struck Sinisi, police said.

Sinisi, of Ridgewood, was pronounced dead on arrival.

Also known as Marvin Gardens, Sinisi was a musician and a member of the band Wordy Bums, according to the group’s Facebook page.

Celauro is in stable condition, authorities said.



Rockaway car crash kills two teens

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

A car crash on the Rockaway Freeway has taken the life of two teens, police said.

Around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, a 19-year-old male was driving on the freeway near Beach 41st Street when his Toyota Corolla struck a cement support pillar.

A 15-year-old male traveling in the front passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Another 14-year-old passenger was transported to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Charges against the driver are pending investigation. Identification of the victims is awaiting family notification.