Reckless driving caused two people to die in separate car accidents in the New York area at the end of last week.
In the first accident, 39 year old Lisettte Quintanilla was driving home with her 8-year-old son when they were rear ended by a speeding drunk driver identified as 26-year-old Nicole Pollock. The accident occurred a little bit after midnight on Sunday morning. Quintanilla was driving on the Meadowbrook State Parkway. She was in the northbound lane just after exit M7 when Pollock rear ended her, causing the car to leave the road and crash into a tree. Quintanilla was rushed to the hospital where she died. Her 8-year-old son suffered a broken arm.
Pollok first tried to walk away from the scene of the accident when the police was attending to the victims. She then resisted arrest, fought with the police and tried to slip out of her handcuffs. She was charged with vehicular manslaughter, DWI and assault. When she appeared in front of the judge yesterday she pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge deemed her a flight risk and ordered her held in jail instead of a $200,000 bond.
Wrong way driver on I-287 killed two and seriously injured two others
Two other people died and 3 were injured in a car accident caused by a wrong way driver. A father was driving his 17-year-old son and two other of his son’s friends to a basketball game when they collided with a car driving the wrong way on Interstate 287 East in Harrison.
The dad and his son died, the two other young men sitting in the back suffered serious injury. The wrong-way driver, identified as Jamie Paucar, was alone in his car. He was also hospitalized. Investigators are still trying to find out what happened.
The young men in the first car were all students at Ardsley High School. They were travelling to play a basketball game.