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Three Killed in Early-Morning Gravesend Crash

By Jess Wisloski | January 5, 2013 9:25am | Updated on January 6, 2013 8:25pm

GRAVESEND — Three passengers were killed Saturday in an early-morning collision between two vehicles in Brooklyn, police said.

Andre Capers-Jones, 26, and Leonora Lavaud, 24, both of Brooklyn, who were in a red 2009 Toyota Camry when it was T-boned by a black 2003 Acura, driven by Jonathan Ishan-Sade, 21 with three passengers inside. All three were pronounced dead at the scene of the 2 a.m. crash at East 5th Street and Avenue U, officials said.

Capers-Jones was driving the Camry northbound on East 5th Street when Ishan-Sade, who was speeding eastbound in the Acura, slammed into the Toyota at the intersection, police said.

The three passengers inside the Acura were rushed to Lutheran Hospital, with one man in critical condition, police said. Two women were in stable condition, officials said.

The Acura had been speeding when it ran through a steady red light at the Avenue U and East 5th Street intersection, police said, following an investigation.

Six other cars were damaged in the smash-up, as well as a bus, including a parked 2011 Honda Odyssey and 2007 Lincoln Town Car, which were hit by the Acura as it went spinning after the crash, cops said. The Town Car then slammed into a parked 2011 Mazda CX9, police said.

The Toyota slid east on the roadway, hitting a stopped MTA bus, as well as a parked 2011 Mercedes, which in turn slammed into a 2012 Honda Pilot, police said. 

Attempts to reach Leonora Lavaud's family or friends at her Park Slope address were unsuccessful.