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Car Accidents Kill Four in Just Over 24 Hours Across New York City

By Jess Wisloski | July 28, 2013 10:23am
 Four were killed and two injured in car crashes across the boroughs over the course of one day, cops said.
Four were killed and two injured in car crashes across the boroughs over the course of one day, cops said.
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NEW YORK CITY — Four individuals were killed in car crashes across the boroughs over the course of just over one day. 

Three of the fatal victims were pedestrians, and at least two other pedestrians were hospitalized after being hit by cars, the FDNY said.

The bloodshed began Saturday at 4:49 a.m. when a woman was struck by a truck that fled the scene, on the Van Wyck Expressway near 87th Street in Briarwood, Queens. The woman was still unidentified on Sunday, and an investigation was ongoing.

Later Saturday night a man in Sheepshead Bay was crossing a street at 10:10 p.m. when he was struck and killed just yards from his home, police said.

Jose Santiago, 44, was struck as he tried to cross Nostrand Avenue at Avenue W, by the driver of a Chrysler that was headed northbound on Nostrand Avenue, police said. They found Santiago with head trauma, and rushed him to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver, a 61-year-old woman, stayed on the scene, and an investigation is ongoing, police said.

At 11:03 p.m., two men were hit by a car in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, and one was rushed to Lincoln Hospital with severe trauma, according to the FDNY. It was unclear what occurred at the East 141st Street and Alexander Avenue crash, and police did not have information immediately about the incident. Soon after, at 11:29 p.m., a woman, 45, was struck on Fourth Avenue and 17th Street in Brooklyn, and, while still conscious, was rushed to Lutheran Hospital, the FDNY said. Police did not have any further details about that incident, cops said.

Early Sunday morning in Rosedale, a 23-year-old man driving a 2013 Lexus SUV was headed eastbound on Merrick Boulevard when he struck a fence and pole at 5:05 a.m., smashing the vehicle and suffering multiple body traumas, police said. No other victims were injured, cops said, and an investigation was ongoing.

The driver's identity was not released, pending family notification, cops said.

Less than an hour later, a 49-year-old woman in Manhattan's Flatiron district was struck in front of a building on West 32nd Street, police said. The driver was headed eastbound in a Chevy Camaro when he or she struck the victim, as she stood in front of 22 West 32nd St., near Fifth Avenue.

She was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but declared deceased, cops said. An investigation was ongoing, and police had no information about the driver, other than that the person stayed on the scene.