According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, an SUV crash in New York City killed five people on July 22. Among the dead were three women and two children. In addition, three others were injured.
Witnesses indicate that the 2008 Mercedes Benz SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed and went through two red lights before striking a pillar. One of the witnesses said the SUV nearly hit him when he was going through the green light on Atlantic Avenue.
After striking the pole, it flipped several times. The Jaws of Life had to be used to remove some of the victims, while the vehicle also caught fire.
The 45-year-old female driver was one of the injured and was taken to Jamaica Hospital. A 26-year-old male passenger was injured but expected to be okay, and a 7-year-old boy was listed in stable condition.
Of the three women killed, one was in the front passenger seat, still buckled in. Another woman had been thrown from the SUV and pinned beneath it. It is unclear how the third woman died or where she was found.
About 10 feet from the SUV, police found the body of an 8-year-old girl. A 9-year-old boy was also pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, there were 1,200 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.
To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.
Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York include:
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
- single-vehicle crashes;
- rollover accidents; and
- “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.
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