A pedestrian and a motorist died in two separate car accidents in Queens, NYC, last night.
A woman speeding in her car killed herself after she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a building, setting the car on fire. The accident occurred last night around 11:50 pm in Queens, NYC. 58 year old Berverlee Jackson was speeding on 11th Street in Hunter Point when she suddenly jumped the curb and crashed into a building. The impact was so intense that Beverlee was ejected from her Honda CRV SUV and then pinned under it while the vehicle spun around and ultimately caught fire. Firefighters and EMS rushed to the rescue but it was too late. Beverlee Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The woman lived in Flatbush, 8 miles away from the location of the accident. Read more in the NY Daily News
A few hours later, also in Queens, another victim died in a SUV accident. The victim is a 72 year old pedestrian who was struck by a car while crossing the road. His identity was not reveled by the police. The man was crossing at the intersection of the Horace Hardin Expressway, a service road near the Long Island Expressway, and Main Street around 4:45 am. He was in the crosswalk when a Toyota Sienna plowed into him. The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital but he could not be saved. The driver stayed at the scene of the accident and was not charged. Read more in the NY Daily News
Speeding and other reckless driving behaviors have been on the rise in New York City this year, including amongst NYPD officers
Yesterday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea admitted that the police cruiser that fatally struck a young pedestrian in the Bronx at the beginning of this month was driving 60 mph which is twice as fast as the cops who were in the cruiser previously pretended. The victim, 20 year old Sophia Gomez, died from her injuries 3 days later at the hospital. (read more in the New York Post)