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Man who caused MTA bus crash charged for possessing 64 bags of cocaine

| amatua@queenscourier.com

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The man who caused an MTA bus to crash at high speed into two parked cars and a metal fence in Springfield Gardens last weekend was charged this week with allegedly having bags full of cocaine on him during his wild ride.

Chevon Parchment, 24, of Elmont, Long Island was driving a 2015 Chrysler at Baisley Boulevard and 153rd Street after 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, when police attempted to stop him for not wearing a seat belt.

Police activated their lights and sirens but Parchment fled the scene and failed to stop at three stoplights and a stop sign, authorities said. When he failed to stop at a red light on South Conduit Avenue, his car was struck by an MTA bus, which then hit multiple parked vehicles, a metal fence and stopped near the side of a two-story house on Meadow Road.

According to prosecutors, Parchment was receiving medical attention at the scene, which required EMS to cut his clothing, when police noticed that a plastic bag containing 64 small Ziploc bags of cocaine were laying on top of his boxers. Each small bag contained 1/8th of an ounce of cocaine.

“What allegedly began as a traffic stop for driving without a seatbelt quickly escalated when the defendant attempted to avoid being stopped by the police,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. “As a result of his alleged reckless actions, the defendant put the lives of pedestrians, bus passengers, the police – and himself – needlessly at risk.”

Parchment was charged on Wednesday with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment of property and various traffic violations.

His bail was set at $10,000 and Parchment was ordered to return to court on Oct. 21. If convicted, Parchment faces up to nine years in prison.


One dead, two injured including toddler in Richmond Hill crash

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Three pedestrians were struck, one losing her life, after two cars crashed in Richmond Hill Tuesday evening when one of the vehicles ran a red light, according to authorities.

At 5:53 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of several pedestrians struck in the vicinity of 108th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Upon arriving, officers found that two vehicles had crashed, resulting in three pedestrians being struck.

According to cops, a preliminary investigation found that a white SUV, being driven by a 43-year-old woman, was traveling westbound on Atlantic Avenue when it ran a red light at 108th Street. While going through the intersection, the car was struck by a black Kia, driven by a 23-year-old woman, going northbound on 108th Street.

The collision between the two vehicles caused the SUV to mount the sidewalk and strike two women, 52 and 48, and a 2-year-old girl.

The drivers of both cars and the pedestrians were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where the 52-year-old pedestrian, later identified as Meena Mahabir, was pronounced dead, police said. The toddler involved in the incident is listed in critical but stable condition and the 48-year-old pedestrian was listed in stable condition.

The two drivers were also listed in stable condition.

According to published reports, the three pedestrians are all family members and were waiting for the bus when they were struck.

An investigation is ongoing by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.


Driver slams into two street lamps, parked car in Maspeth: police

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

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A man who was driving with a suspended license was critically injured in an early morning car crash in Maspeth on Sunday, according to police.

Authorities said the 39-year-old male was speeding westbound on Flushing Avenue at 4 a.m. when he struck a lamppost at 54th Place. Upon the initial impact, his vehicle mounted the sidewalk and struck a second lamppost and a parked car before coming to a stop just before a street intersection.

Officers from the 104th Precinct found him unconscious and unresponsive, and he was extracted from his 2010 Nissan vehicle by FDNY at the scene.

Emergency service technicians transported the victim to Elmhurst Hospital Center with severe injuries. He was the only individual involved in the crash.

Although the incident is still under investigation by the NYPD, the 104th Precinct’s official Twitter account reported that the driver was found intoxicated at the time of the accident and speculated that he was “likely to die” because of the severity of the injuries sustained.

Police have not released the man’s identity.


Two accidents, one fatal, snarl traffic on Glendale roadways

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Traffic was snarled on two major roadways in Glendale Wednesday afternoon as police responded to a pair of accidents, one of which resulted in a fatality.

The first incident occurred at 4:15 p.m. at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 81st Road, when a sedan collided with a school bus. Reportedly, the bus was carrying disabled passengers.

Police said the sedan driver and all in the school bus were brought to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. However, the main section of Woodhaven Boulevard was closed while police and Fire Department units responded to the crash.

Then, at 6:35 p.m., a motorcycle traveling on the westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway swerved and struck a light pole near Cypress Hills Street, authorities said. The victim, whose identity was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigations into both accidents are ongoing.

Photo via Twitter/@104COP

Photo via Twitter/@104COP


Man dies in College Point truck crash

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A 56-year-old truck driver died behind the wheel Tuesday morning after reportedly suffering a heart attack causing him to crash into three parked cars, according to authorities.

At about 10:45 a.m. police officers of the 109th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a vehicle collision at 15th Avenue by 117th Street in College Point. Upon arriving, they found the driver of a tractor trailer truck – whose identity was withheld pending family notification – unresponsive and unconscious, police said.

Emergency personnel responded and took the driver to NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation determined that the driver was traveling eastbound on 15th Avenue when it struck three unoccupied parked vehicles before coming to a stop, cops said.

According to the NY Post, the driver had suffered a cardiac arrest before swerving the truck into the cars.

The Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death and the investigation by the NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.


Woman dies after being run over twice in Ozone Park motorcycle accident

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos by Robert Stridiron

A 22-year-old woman was killed Monday night after being run over twice by two vehicles after she was flung out of the motorcycle she was riding on as a passenger, according to authorities.

At about 10:29 p.m. police responded to a call of an accident involving a motorcycle on the westbound side of the Belt Parkway at exit 17 in Ozone Park.

Upon arriving, the officers found the driver of the motorcycle – a 28-year-old man – with minor injuries and the female passenger – Sade Eversley of Brooklyn – unconscious and unresponsive, police said.

Emergency personnel responded and pronounced the passenger dead at the scene. The motorcycle operate was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

According to police, the 2007 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling westbound on the Belt Parkway and lost control at a curve. It struck the center median, knocking the driver and passenger off the motorcycle. Both fell into the left lane.

A white older model minivan tried to swerve to the right but struck the motorcycle passenger while she was on the ground, according to police. The minivan then fled the scene.

Right after, a 2014 Honda minivan tried to stop but could not and ran over the same passenger with the passenger side of the car, authorities said. The Honda remained at the scene.

There have been no arrests in this incident and an investigation by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is still ongoing.


Car crashes into Forest Hills rooftop parking wall

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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A Forest Hills rooftop parking lot is now in need of repair after a driver crashed into one of the walls facing the street, according to authorities.

The FDNY responded to a call at 8:05 p.m. on Sunday of a crash at the parking lot located on the rooftop at the intersection at 70th Road and Austin Street.

According to published reports, the accident, which sent bricks onto the sidewalk below, occurred after the driver of the car accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes.

The driver of the vehicle refused medical assistance at the scene, authorities said.

Police had the sidewalk under the scene of the accident sealed off Monday morning.


Driver pleads not guilty in crash that killed St. Albans family

| amatua@queenscourier.com

A Rockville Centre man who was arrested last month for driving drunk and fleeing the scene of a car crash that left a St. Albans father and his two children dead, pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular manslaughter and 39 other charges, according to officials.

Oniel Sharpe Jr. rear-ended the car of Ancio Ostane on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore on July 12. Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4, were pronounced dead, while his wife Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane was treated and released at South Side Hospital.

Sharpe, who fled the scene with the help of a friend, was originally charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of the accident. At his arraignment on Thursday, he was also charged with vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, driving while intoxicated, tampering with physical evidence, following too closely, reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane, failing to signal and failing to stay in his designated lane. If convicted of the top charge he will face up to 25 years in state prison, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

Sharpe was also given 23 charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree after police found 23 fraudulent credit cards concealed in a pocket at the base of the steering wheel column of his BMW X-5 Sharpe.

“This is the textbook example of a drunk driver who tries to evade responsibility for his actions and sober up before encountering the police. This driver didn’t resurface until four hours after he rear-ended this car and destroyed an innocent family,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Ballone. “A driver convicted of that kind of behavior should face 15 years in prison upon conviction — eight more years behind bars than what today’s law provides.”

Three others were also arraigned in connection to the crash and credit card fraud.

Demetri Stewart, 23, of Cambria Heights drove Sharpe away from the scene and was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, hindering prosecution, criminal facilitation, making a sworn false statement and possession of marijuana.

Sharpe’s cousin Courtney Sharpe, 24, of Springfield Gardens pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of attempted identity theft in connection to the 23 fraudulent credit cards found in Oniel Sharpe’s car.

Sheon Richards, 23, of St. Albans who attended a barbecue with Sharpe and was driving a BMW 328 sedan on the parkway recklessly, was charged with speeding, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and failure to maintain lane.


Cambria Heights teen charged in crash involving school bus, NYPD van, elderly couple

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

A 19-year-old Cambria Heights resident has been charged for causing a crash involving three vehicles Tuesday, and for briefly fleeing the scene because he was “scared,” authorities said.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, just after 3 p.m. on Aug. 11 two NYPD officers, who were traveling in an unmarked minivan on the Cross Island Parkway near the Jamaica Avenue exit, saw Matthew Robinson driving a 2009 BMW at high speeds and weaving in and out of lanes.

It is then alleged that Robinson, who was speeding in the right lane, tried to swerve into the middle lane between two vehicles when there was clearly not enough room to do so safely. The 19-year-old then struck an unoccupied mini school bus on the right lane, and a Honda in the middle lane, causing the Honda to veer into the left lane and strike the cement median, Brown said.

According to prosecutors, the unmarked NYPD minivan then struck the Honda, which rolled up onto the hood of the vehicle and flipped multiple times before landing upside down.

The Honda’s 77-year-old driver was left hanging upside down in his seat, bleeding from his nose and mouth and with bumps and bruises to his body. The driver’s 73-year-old wife was also bleeding from a large cut to her head.

Robinson allegedly then exited the BMW and fled the site with a backpack without exchanging any information, authorities said. He then allegedly returned about 5 minutes later, without a backpack, and said, “I’m sorry. I got scared.”

The driver of the Honda and his wife, and the two police officers — who suffered back, neck and wrist injuries — were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Robinson is has been charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene without reporting personal injury and several other infractions and violations of New York State’s vehicle and traffic laws — driving on roadway lanes for traffic and speed restriction.

“The defendant is accused of driving at an excessive speed and changing lanes without regard to his safety or that of the motorists around him,” Brown said. “As a result of his alleged actions, four people —including two police officers — were injured and the defendant now faces serious criminal charges.”

The 19-year-old is currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.


Truck driver in Auburndale had fatal heart attack behind wheel: cops

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com


An apparent heart attack caused a 64-year-old truck driver to lose control and crash into several parked cars on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Auburndale Monday morning, according to police.

The NYPD said Frederick Harris of Westminster, Maryland, was behind the wheel of a box truck traveling northbound on Francis Lewis Boulevard near 49th Avenue at about 6:38 a.m. when he was stricken.

Reportedly, the vehicle veered to the left and across the concrete median into the boulevard’s southbound lanes before slamming into three parked vehicles.

Officers from the 111th Precinct responded to the scene along with EMS units, who pronounced Harris dead at the location.

A preliminary investigation concluded that Harris suffered an apparent heart attack, a law enforcement source said. The body was transported to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

No other injuries were reported and an investigation is ongoing.


Laurelton man killed in Jamaica collision

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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A 21-year-old man lost his life early Saturday morning when the car he was riding in crashed into another vehicle, according to police.

At about 2:15 a.m. police from the 105th Precinct responded to a call of a vehicle accident at the intersection of South Conduit Avenue and 177th Street in Jamaica, authorities said.

The officers found four injured people at the collision site.

According to police, a Land Rover was traveling eastbound on South Conduit Avenue when it collided with the driver side of a Nissan Rouge that was stopped at 177th Street. The first car then slid into a third vehicle which was parked and unoccupied; both cars sustained severe damage.

All victims were taken to Jamaica Hospital, according to cops. The driver of the Land Rover, a 20-year-old man, is listed in stable condition while his passenger, 21-year-old Lamont Smart Jr. of Laurelton, sustained severe injuries to his torso and was pronounced dead.

The driver of the second car, a 46-year-old man, and his 50-year-old female passenger are both listed in stable condition with minor injuries.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.


Alleged drunk driver from Whitestone has run-in with sanitation truck

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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There wasn’t a clean getaway for a Whitestone man charged with reckless endangerment and DWI after driving the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway and slamming into a sanitation truck, prosecutors announced.

Salvatore Ferrara, 34, reportedly claimed he did not realize he was driving on the wrong side of the road when his 2009 Mercedes-Benz collided head-on with a city Department of Sanitation truck at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on the Greenpoint Avenue exit ramp of the Long Island Expressway in Long Island City.

Police on the scene allegedly observed Ferrara standing unsteadily on his feet near his totaled vehicle with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

According to the criminal complaint, Ferrara allegedly told officers that he had been driving his car from the city, and that he had had two mixed drinks, a couple of beers and two bumps of cocaine several hours before the accident occurred.

Both Ferrara and the sanitation driver were injured in the crash. The truck driver suffered pain to his arm, while Ferrara was hospitalized for chest pain and rib injuries.

Ferrara faces charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and an infraction of vehicle traffic laws. If convicted, he could serve up to seven years in prison, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.


Motorcyclist dies after collision with car in Kew Gardens

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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A 37-year-old motorcyclist died on Wednesday evening after he collided with a car at a Kew Gardens intersection, according to police.

Reportedly, the deadly crash occurred at 5:55 p.m. at the corner of Park Lane South and Beverly Road.

According to authorities, the victim — whose identity was pending family notification — was riding his Honda motorcycle northbound on Park Lane South while a Nissan Altima, operated by a 62-year-old man, traveled northbound on Beverly Road. The two vehicles collided where the roads met, police said.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene. Paramedics brought the motorcyclist to Jamaica Hospital, where he died a short time later. The driver of the Nissan Altima refused medical assistance.

An investigation is ongoing.


Video shows fiery Maspeth train-truck collision and apparently slow crossing gate

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Video courtesy of Filco Carting Corp.

Updated July 10, 4:45 p.m.


Footage from a garbage truck’s dashboard camera depicts Wednesday’s fiery collision between a train and tractor-trailer in Maspeth early that morning — as well as an apparently slow railroad crossing gate.

The video was shot from a Filco Carting rig traveling westbound on Maspeth Avenue approaching Rust Street, stopping before the four-track crossing on the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Montauk branch where the accident occurred at about 12:37 a.m.

As shown in the video, the tractor-trailer heading eastbound on Maspeth Avenue was passing over the tracks when a New York and Atlantic Railway (NYA) locomotive heading southbound  —with horns blaring  — smashed into the trailer.

The gates, however, were up when the train hit the truck, which was dragged a distance and burst into flames. The red lights on the gates activated a split-second before impact, and the video shows the crossing gate lowering as the train and truck pass out of the picture.

Officers from the 104th Precinct and EMS units responded to the accident; the driver escaped with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to WABC-TV, Filco Carting installed dash cams on all of its rigs as a safety measure.

An LIRR spokesperson said on Thursday that the NYA is responsible for the condition and maintenance of the railroad crossing gate; the NYA leases the Montauk branch west of Jamaica from the LIRR for its freight operations.

However, a source with the NYA said the issue is “complicated.” The NYA is the main operator of the crossing gate, but both entities are jointly responsible for the gate’s maintenance.

Congresswoman Grace Meng said that while she is “thankful that nobody was killed, we must get answers as to why this happened.”

“The video showing the freight train crashing into a tractor-trailer is extremely scary — and it’s very disturbing that the gate at the railroad crossing failed to come down in time,” Meng said in a statement issued Friday afternoon. “I have been in touch with all stakeholders pertaining to this accident, and I am being kept up-to-date on the investigation. … The crossing gate cannot be allowed to fail again. The safety of train personnel, motorists and area residents must not be compromised.”


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

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD109Pct

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.