Drunk Driver Kills One, Injures Two in Mount Hope
MOUNT HOPE — A sixteen-year-old girl was killed and two others were injured when they were struck by a car in The Bronx on Friday afternoon, officials said.
Zuleimi Torres, who lives in the Claremont neighborhood, was crossing the Grand Concourse wth another 16-year-old girl near 172nd Street when she was hit by a northbound Chevy SUV about 3:30 p.m., police said. A 51-year-old woman, Elizabeth Colon, was also hit.
Authorities said Torres was taken to St. Barnabas where she was declared dead on arrival. Her friend was listed in stable condition at the same hospital. Colon was listed in serious condition at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, officials said.
Colon, 51, a teacher who was walking home from work when she was struck. She had no life-threatening injuries, according to her nephew Eric Vega.
Other witnesses described a grisly scene at the accident site. One victim was on the ground with "her leg hanging off," said Marcos Hernandez, who initially rushed to the scene because his motorcycle was parked on the street.
"Her legs were split all the way up to her pelvis," said Felipe Padilla, a volunteer ambulance driver who said he was first on the scene.
The identities of the other victims, both 16-year-old girls, were not immediately released. and police said the investigation was ongoing.