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Car crashes into Forest Hills rooftop parking wall

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo by Robinson Velasco

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.



Car crashes into store at Bay Terrace Shopping Center

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD109Pct

Updated 1:44 p.m.

A woman crashed her car into an Aeropostale store at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center Sunday afternoon, shattering the front window and nearly taking out shoppers, according to officials.

The FDNY said the crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Bell Boulevard and 23rd Street in Bayside. Only minor injuries were reported, according to the 109th Precinct’s Twitter page.

According to published reports, there were 14 people inside the store when the collision occurred. Three large clothing shelves reportedly flew to the back of the store as a result.

The manager of the store was reportedly taken to the hospital after experiencing a panic attack. A witness said the 90-year-old driver was trying to park and accidentally accelerated instead, according to reports.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Ambulette crashes outside New York Hospital Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos via Twitter/@109th Precinct

Two people were injured when an ambulette crashed into a fence outside of Flushing‘s New York Hospital Queens, reports said.

The accident happened at about 9:25 p.m. Thursday on Main Street near Booth Memorial Avenue, according to the FDNY.

According to published reports, the ambulette struck a car before going into the fence and off a ledge into the side of the hospital.

Two people, the driver and a passenger, reportedly suffered minor injuries. The crash is under investigation.



Mother, young daughter killed in two-car Bayside crash

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A family car ride turned tragic in Bayside Wednesday night when a Flushing mother and her 10-year-old child were killed after a speeding car collided with their vehicle, police said.

The crash, on 210th Street near 64th Avenue, also sent 42-year-old Susana Ha’s parents and her 8-year-old daughter to the hospital, according to authorities.

An investigation by police determined that the crash happened at about 6 p.m. as a Ford Explorer driven by a 46-year-old woman started speeding northbound on 210th Street, veered to the left and crossed the double yellow line, striking the left side of the family’s Toyota Camry.

The Camry, with Ha’s 74-year-old father behind the wheel, then mounted the sidewalk before striking a tree stump and then a fire hydrant, police said.

All five occupants of the Camry’s occupants were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where Ha and her daughter, Angelica Ung, were pronounced dead. Ha’s father is listed in stable condition, while her 67-year-old mother and 8-year-old daughter are in critical condition.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was also transported to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash and have made no arrests.




Two dead after car strikes tree in Flushing

| ctumola@queenscourier.com


Two men were killed early Tuesday morning when their car jumped a sidewalk and slammed into a tree in Flushing, authorities said.

The crash happened on Booth Memorial Avenue near 164th Street at about 1:30 a.m.

A 2005 Dodge Stratus was speeding down Booth Memorial when it went onto the sidewalk and struck a tree, according to police.

The driver, a 28-year-old man, and his passenger, a 26-year-old man, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Their identities were not immediately released.




SUV crashes into South Ozone Park store

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of @NYScanner

An SUV slammed into a South Ozone Park discount store Sunday afternoon, injuring two people, reports said.

The vehicle crashed into the front glass wall of the Deals store about 4:30 p.m. at 109th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park, according to WABC and the FDNY.

Two people were hurt and taken to Jamaica Hospital, fire officials said. Their injuries were reportedly minor.

According to CBS New York, the driver, who witnesses said appeared to be a woman in her 40s or 50s, may have confused the accelerator for the brakes. The driver has not been charged.


Queens resident among Marines killed in helicopter crash

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps

A Queens resident has been identified as one of seven Marines who were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash during a training mission in dense fog off the Florida Panhandle.

Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, 33, was among seven Marines and four Louisiana National Guardsmen who were aboard the helicopter who perished in Tuesday’s accident, military officials said.

Flynn was a U.S. Marine who moved to Queens in 2002, but was from Ireland, according to published reports. He served within U.S. Marine Corps Forces and Special Operational Command as an assistant element member, and had reportedly been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. His personal awards included three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Valor, the Bronze Star with Valor and Combat Action Ribbon.

Military officials have released all seven of the names of the Marines who were from the 2nd Special Operations Battalion of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command, reports said. The names of the National Guardsmen have not been released yet.