THE BRONX — A Brooklyn man was killed in a collision on the Bruckner Expressway after a vehicle he had been traveling in was disabled on the highway early Sunday morning.
Abubakar Saleh, 47, of Boerum Hill, as well as two other occupants of a green 1996 Toyota Camry, were hit at 7 a.m. by an oncoming car as they tried to figure out what was wrong with the disabled sedan, the NYPD said. The Camry, which was stopped in the right-hand lane of traffic, and had not pulled off to the side of the southbound roadway above East 138th Street, police said, and two of the occupants were standing outside when a grey Honda Insight slammed into them, police said.
The force of the impact catapulted Saleh over the guardrail, and he landed on a roadway below, where rescuers pronounced him dead at the scene.
The other occupant who had been outside was rushed to Jacobi Hospital with head trauma in critical condition, police said, while the third occupant, who stayed inside the disabled car, was rushed to Jacobi Hospital with minor injuries and was in stable condition.
The male driver of the 2010 Insight, who stayed at the scene, said he did not see the stopped car in time to hit his brakes and avoid striking it, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
It was unclear if any criminality was involved, and the victims were unable to be interviewed Sunday morning. An investigation was ongoing.