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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON

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.

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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.

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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.

BY ROBERT POZARYCKI AND ANTHONY GIUDICE

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.”

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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.

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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.

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Mother, young daughter killed in two-car Bayside crash


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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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.

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Two dead after car strikes tree in Flushing


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fire truck and car collision in Briarwood leaves five injured


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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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One dead, three injured in Rockaway collision


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One person was killed and three more were hurt Wednesday night after a car veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle in the Rockaways, police said.

A Nissan 350Z was driving eastbound on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 127 Street about 11:10 p.m. when it veered sideways, crossed over the double yellow line and entered the oncoming lane, authorities said. A Kia Spectra traveling westbound on Beach Channel then struck the passenger side door of the Nissan.

The Nissan’s 19-year-old passenger, Geovanni Balverdy, of Far Rockaway was pronounced dead at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, police said. The car’s driver, a 19-year-old man, was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

EMS took the Kia’s driver, a 29-year-old woman, and her passenger, a 21-year-old man, to Brookdale Hospital. Their condition was not immediately clear.

The investigation is ongoing.

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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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Several injured after school bus crashes into Woodside building


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A school bus carrying children crashed into a building in Woodside on Friday, leaving several people injured, reports said.

The bus collided with a livery cab and yellow cab before hitting the brick wall of a pizzeria at Woodside Avenue and 59th Street just before 5 p.m., according to published reports.

Fifteen kids, ages 6 to 10, were on the bus and refused medical attention at the scene. Four adults, the two cab drivers, the bus driver and a pizza shop worker, were injured in the crash and taken to Elmhurst Hospital, report said.

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Elderly man, woman killed in College Point crash


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An 87 year-old man and his 89-year-old passenger were killed Monday night in a car crash in the parking lot of the College Point BJ’s Wholesale Club, police said.

The driver was trying to leave the parking lot of the store at 137-05 20th Ave. around 9:15 p.m. when he lost control of his 1989 Mercury, striking an unoccupied parked minivan and then a light pole, authorities said.

The man and his female passenger, who both have yet to be identified by police, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were investigating.

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