EAST FLATBUSH — Two women riding in a Nissan Murano were killed early Sunday when their car swerved into oncoming traffic in Brooklyn and smashed into another SUV.
The grey 2004 Murano, which was occupied by two women, 43 and 31, was headed northbound on Kings Highway at 4:45 a.m. when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, crossing several lanes of traffic and crossing into the southbound lanes between Church and Snyder avenues, police said.
That's when the driver of a 2006 Ford Explorer, a 23-year-old man, who was headed southbound, slammed into the passenger's side door, sending both vehicles spinning.
All the passengers were rushed to nearby hospitals, and the driver of the Explorer, who 1010 WINS reported was an off-duty police officer, was in stable condition.
Both of the women were pronounced dead on arrival at Brookdale Hospital Sunday.
"The cars were all mangled, all the air bags were deployed," said Stella Asby, 55, a local resident. "It's awful."
Joseph Veira, 69, said the sound wakened him. "I heard the boom, I put my clothes on and ran outside," he said. "The cars were a complete wreck, the one carrying the two women was absolutely destroyed. What a pity, it's such a shame."
The 27-year resident said he frequently sees smash-ups at the intersection. "People drive too fast. Every week there seems to be an accident here."
"The police should have a patrol here to stop people speeding," he added.
Police said no arrests had been made, and an investigation was ongoing. The identities of the victims had not been released, pending family notification.