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Driver Dies 3 Months After Staten Island Crash, Hospital Says

By Nicholas Rizzi | February 3, 2016 3:05pm

DONGAN HILLS — The driver in a November crash on Hylan Boulevard died from injuries he got in the accident.

Angel Ortiz, 25, died on Sunday after spending almost three months at Staten Island University Hospital North, a spokeswoman for the hospital said.

His death was first reported by the New York Daily News.

On Nov. 9, Ortiz was driving his 2014 Volkswagen Jetta with 14 bags of crack cocaine inside on Hylan Boulevard when he crashed into a 2011 Hyundai Elantra whose driver was making a left turn on Old Town Road, police said.

The crash caused Ortiz's car to swerve and crash into a utility pole, police said.

Vincent Surge, 32, a passenger in Ortiz's car, was found unconscious with head trauma by emergency workers and taken to Staten Island University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Another passenger in the car — an 18-year-old woman — was taken to the same hospital in stable condition with neck and back pain, the NYPD said.

The 88-year-old female driver of the Elantra was also taken to the hospital in stable condition, police said.

Ortiz suffered head and body trauma.

While investigating the crash, police found the drugs inside Ortiz's car. They also discovered that he was driving with a suspended license, the NYPD said.

He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said.