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


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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.

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Driver dead in one-car crash outside Rosedale home


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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.

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64-year-old man dies in LIE car crash


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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.

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Two dead in fiery crash in front of Queens high school


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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.

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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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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.

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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Maspeth family pushes for safety after fatal accident


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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.”

 

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Driver arrested in Howard Beach car crash that left one dead


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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.

 

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Rockaway car crash kills two teens


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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.

 

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Queens teen charged in Long Island crash that killed 4


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Joseph Beer, the sole survivor and driver in a car crash that killed four teens last month, was indicted today in Nassau County on multiple counts that, if convicted, could land him up to 25 years in prison.

The Nassau County District Attorney’s office charged Beer with aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, four counts of manslaughter in the second degree, four counts of vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment in the second degree, reckless driving and unlicensed operation of a vehicle, according to the Nassau DA.

He was held on $1 million in bail, or $2 million in bonds.

The 17-year-old Richmond Hill High School graduate was driving his 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, with only a learner’s permit, in the early hours of October 8 when the car careened off a trick turn of the Southern State Parkway.

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Beer had been driving at upwards of 110 miles per hour when the westbound car launched off the highway around 3:45 a.m. near Exit 17.

Darian Ramnarine, 18; Peter Kanhai, 18; Neal Rajapa, 17, of South Ozone Park; and Christopher Kahn, 18 were thrown from the car and killed. Beer survived and was taken to Winthrop University Hospital.

A blood test taken at the hospital showed that Beer did in fact have marijuana in his system at the time of the crash, according to the Nassau DA.

Beer was the only of the five occupants to have been wearing his seat belt, according to state police.

Rice said Beer had made poor judgments, and, as a result, four teens and an entire community had suffered.

“The sheer magnitude of this tragedy is unthinkable, and it could have easily been avoided if this defendant had simply made the right choice to drive sober and drive safely,” Rice said. “Instead, we have four promising young lives cut short, another young man facing years in prison, and families that will forever be torn apart by this horrific crash.”

Beer’s parents, Patricia and Aaditia, were also charged with unlicensed operation of a vehicle for allowing their son to drive without a full driver’s license. It was reported that the pair had bought their son the notoriously fast car for performing well in school.

They can face up to 15 days in jail or a $300 fine if convicted.

The tragedy rattled hard through the tight-knit neighborhood of Richmond Hill last month. Community members rallied together to encourage more responsibility among teens and better communication between parents and their children.

Stabbed police officer’s 4-year-old waits as he heals in hospital


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Stabbed police officer’s 4-year-old waits as he heals in hospital

A 4-year-old girl has desperately waited to see her hero cop father since he was stabbed in the brain by a mental patient, a relative told the Daily News Saturday.

“I wanna see my dad,” the little girl has been telling her family as her father, Police Officer Eder Loor, makes a painful recovery from the knife wound that nearly left him dead.

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Maryland brothers accused of beating black teenager on neighborhood watch patrol to go on trial amid Trayvon Martin case

Two brothers accused of beating a black teenager while patrolling an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood are set to go on trial Monday in a case with similarities to the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The brothers, who are white and Jewish, have claimed self-defense, saying the teen was holding a nail-studded board. Local civil rights activists hope the Martin case will draw more attention to what they believe was racial profiling by neighborhood watch vigilantes.

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‘Several other Secret Service agents’ will be leaving the agency in the ‘very near future,’ Rep. Peter King says

More Secret Service agents will take the fall in the Colombia sexcapades scandal, but the agency’s chief is secure at this point, a top Congressman said Sunday.

Congressman Peter King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said additional agents will join the six who have already been forced out.

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Cardinal Dolan baptizes daughter of shot cop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Cardinal Dolan on Sunday baptised the infant daughter of Kevin Brennan, the NYPD cop who recovered from being shot point blank in the head.

“Our gratitude to God was on steroids today,” the Cardinal exulted.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and his wife also attended Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to see Maeve Brennan baptised.

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Schumer Wants Student Loan Rates To Stay Put

Senator Charles Schumer is pushing legislation to block interest rate hikes on student loans nationwide.

The bill would delay a July 1 interest rate increase on federally subsidized Stafford Loans.

Passage of the legislation would extend the current rate of 3.4 percent for another year, which Congress lowered back in 2007.

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Etan mystery: Playroom eyed as hell cellar

They are looking for evidence of death in a SoHo basement that once bustled with life.

Photos emerged yesterday that show beaming kids in the basement of 127 Prince St., where FBI investigators have been searching for evidence in the disappearance 33 years ago of Etan Patz.

The cellar that police now believe may hold the answers to the city’s most heart-wrenching mystery was a space transformed by industrious parents from a commercial cellar to a bright playground.

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Up to 10 injured after Jaguar crashes into other cars, overturns on sidewalk in Manhattan

Up to 10 injured after Jaguar crashes into other cars, overturns on sidewalk in Manhattan
A three-car accident on 42nd Street near Bryant Park injured as many as 10 people Saturday — including at least three pedestrians on the sidewalk, authorities said.

The horrific crash sent people who were out enjoying the nice weather fleeing for their lives as one of the vehicles, a black Jaguar, flew up onto the sidewalk before it overturned, witnesses said.

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Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has colorectal cancer, still in intensive care: doctor

LONDON — Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has colorectal cancer and remains in intensive care after waking from a coma, his doctor said Sunday.

Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam said Gibb was being treated for advanced colorectal cancer and had caught pneumonia as he was weakened from grueling doses of chemotherapy and two operations.

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Obama ‘apoplectic’ over GSA spending scandal, senior adviser says

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is “apoplectic” over reports of lavish spending at the General Services Administration, senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.

The GSA is under congressional investigation for spending more than $820,000 on a Las Vegas-area conference — a revelation that has led to other allegations about the agency’s practice of improperly billing taxpayers for meals, trips and other expenses.

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Queens woman killed in overnight fire

A Queens blaze killed a woman this morning, and seriously injured her cousin, authorities said. Firefighters discovered the unconscious body of Joanne Brown, 63, as they extinguished the flames in her Auburndale home on 189th Street, near 45th Avenue. EMS pronounced her dead at the scene. The fire began about 4:40 a.m., and was under control less than an hour later, according to an FDNY spokesperson. Read More: New York Post

Prober uses Facebook to nail perv, goldbrick NY teachers

Facebook is giving more Big Apple teachers a black eye. As the city Department of Education prepares to release it’s first-ever social-media policy, Schools Investigator Richard Condon has tallied a rapid growth in complaints about improper Facebook usage by city school employees — 120 in the past 18 months. Some teachers got in trouble for posting dumb jokes tinged with sex or violence. Others were busted after their own or students’ Facebook comments tipped officials to wrongdoing. Read More: New York Post

Sleepy driver kills 2: cops

A Long Island man on prescription drugs fell asleep behind the wheel and drove his 2011 Honda Ridgeline into a tree early yesterday, killing his 19-year-old girlfriend and a 17-year-old passenger, cops said. Thomas Smith, 20, of Ridge, and Jacqueline Salvador had just moved in together last week and were returning from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Also in the car were her brother, Johnny Salvador, 17, Ryan Baumgartner, 17, and an unidentified girl, 16. Read More: New York Post

Queens Child’s Fundraiser Raises Awareness Of Rare GI Disorders

A Queens fourth grader with a rare gastrointestinal problem held a Saturday fundraiser in Woodside to raise money and awareness. KeVaughn Plunkett, who is allergic to almost all foods and has to use a food pump to survive, held his fourth Annual Art Show event at Saint Mary’s Church in Woodside. Proceeds went to the American Partnership For Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED). For more information, visit apfed.org. Read More: NY1

 

 

Schumer Demands Harsher Penalties For Pharmacy Robberies

In the wake of several robberies of pharmacies in the area, Senator Charles Schumer is urging Congress to pass a bill calling for tougher penalties. The Safe Doses Act, which is already waiting for a Senate vote, would increase punishments for robbing drug stores and give police more tools to crack down on illegal prescription drug rings. Just last week, two man held up an East Harlem pharmacy looking for pain medication. Read More: NY1

 

 

 

New York Marks Centennial Of Titanic Sinking

Exactly 100 years since an iceberg sank the RMS Titanic, New York City is holding events today to mark the centennial of the famed shipwreck that killed more than 1,500 people. The Titanic sank early in the morning of April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg late the previous night. A tour in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is letting visitors pay respects at the gravesites of several Titanic passengers. Also, the Noble Maritime Collection at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island is opening a Titanic-related art exhibit. Read More: NY1