Brooklyn Man Killed When Friend’s Car Slams into Knapp St. Utility Pole

March 3, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY – A single-car accident on the Knapp Street exit ramp of Belt Parkway left one Brooklyn man dead and 3 other people injured in the early morning hours of February 27.  New York Daily News reports that Devon Burgess, a 23-year-old Brooklyn man, was killed when the 2007 Chrysler Sebring he was riding in slammed into a utility pole. The 19-year old driver suffered serious injuries and 2 female passengers were also injured.  Burgess was the front seat passenger when the vehicle slammed into a utility pole while exiting the Belt Parkway at Knapp Street. He was rushed to Coney Island Hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver and back seat passengers were taken to Staten Island University North Hospital, where the driver was listed in critical condition, while the women were listed in stable condition.  The NYPD Highway Unit is investigating the crash, which they believe was the result of excessive speeding when the driver exited the Belt Parkway’s westbound lanes. No other vehicles have been cited for involvement in the fatal crash.  Passengers involved in a car accident in New York can be seriously injured even if no other vehicles are involved. When drivers are negligent behind the wheel and fail to keep their passengers safe, they may be held liable for injuries if an accident results.

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