A young couple died and 5 other people suffered serious injury in a car accident involving 5 vehicles early Thursday morning in New York City. So far the investigators are still trying to figure out what exactly caused the five-car chain reaction crash.
The accident occurred between 1:00 am and 2:00 am on the Nassau Expressway in Inwood. The massive collision left debris of car parts, oil and gasoline over 800 feet on the highway. According to the police one of the cars’engines went out of the vehicle.
The young couple was identified by the police as 21-year-old Yisroel Levin, of Brooklyn, and 20-year-old Elisheva Basya Kaplan, of Far Rockaway. They got trapped in their car as it burst on fire. The two of them got engaged last week and were set to be married over the summer.
The the five other survivors were seriously injured in the accident and rushed to the hospital. According to police reports, the car accident might have been initiated by the young couple’s car. They hit Steward’s car, then Steward hit another car before going over the guardrail.
Among the survivors, two people, 25 year old Zakiyah Steward and 35 year old Rahmel Watkins were arrested. Steward is facing charges of driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs/alcohol and any drug/drugs, driving while ability impaired by drugs, DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana while Watkins is facing a DWI charge. They were both driving their own car.
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