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Victim of Fatal Long Island Crash Identified

Filed September 7th, 2016 F.A. Kelley

Southold, New York, police have identified the man who was killed in a crash on Main Bayview Road in Southold on Saturday, September 3.

Thirty-one-year-old Colin Ryan from Massapequa, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the Suffolk Times reports. The driver of the other vehicle was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries, police say. Continue Reading »

Police Say High-Speed Racing May have Cause LIE Crash that Killed Three

Filed September 2nd, 2016 F.A. Kelley

Police say that a crash on the Long Island Expressway that killed three people and injured 11 others may have caused by a high-speed race.

The crash occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 31, on the Long Island Expressway in Maspeth, Queens, the New York Post reports. Two of those killed were National Guardsmen who were best friends. Continue Reading »

Man Killed in Early Morning Crash on Long Island Highway

Filed September 1st, 2016 F.A. Kelley

Nassau County, New York police are investigating an early morning crash on Monday, August 29 that left one Long Island man dead.

Police are looking into whether a medical emergency could have contributed to the accident that killed 56-year-old Donald Curatolo, a resident of Sound Beach, New York, Newsday reports. Continue Reading »

Drunken Driver Kills Woman Stranded on BQE

Filed August 31st, 2016 Lillian

Drunken-Driver-BQE

A mother was killed by a drunken driver who struck her while she was stranded on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The driver caused a chain reaction that sent her flying over the guardrail, according to authorities and family members. The victim was driving home from a family wedding with two of her young children in her nephew’s 1997 Toyota Rav4. Her sister-in-law, driving a 2005 Chevy, got a flat tire.

New York Post reports that the victim’s car pulled over onto the shoulder of the BQE near Meeker Avenue, stopping near her sister-in-law’s car. The woman was standing on the highway when a 43-year-old man driving a 2011 BMW collided with the back of the Chevy. The force of the crash caused a chain reaction, and sent the woman flying over the guardrail and onto Meeker Avenue below. The horrific accident occurred before eight of the woman’s family members.

The woman was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital. The mother of four from Guinea was a stay-at-home mom who used to work with special-needs children.

Her husband of 27 years told New York Post, “My wife left me to go to a wedding, and she didn’t come back. She died. Somebody drove into them,”.

Family members say the BMW driver was speeding, estimating that he was going at least 100 mph. The victim’s nephew, 33, said the BMW driver was intoxicated and tried to flee the scene on foot. He was held by her family members until the police arrived. “He smelled of liquor all over,” the victim’s nephew said, according to New York Post. “He said he wasn’t driving, but he was the only person in the car.”

New York Post interviewed a woman who lives on Meeker Avenue near where the victim fell. “I heard someone screaming at the top of their lungs, and I looked outside my window, and I saw her body lying on the street.” she said.

“She had a head injury, definitely — lots of blood by her head,” said the woman. “It was horrible. It was upsetting.”

A retired police officer also heard the fatal accident as it occurred. “When I opened up the window, I heard a woman screaming her bloody mind out,” he told New York Post. “I saw [people] all looking down from the highway, and there was a woman over there…She was sprawled out. There was just blood running down the street.” He says he remembers someone shouting, “That’s my mother!”

Death Toll Reaches Six in Long Island Expressway Accident

Filed August 24th, 2016 F.A. Kelley

The Sunday morning accident on the Long Island Expressway involving three vehicles has claimed a sixth victim.

The deadly accident occurred when an SUV, reportedly speeding, swerved off the roadway to avoid hitting traffic that had slowed in a work zone, Newsday reports. The latest casualty is Helen Adelson, 71, a retired dental hygienist. She died Monday afternoon at Stony Brook University Hospital, according to police. Her husband, Isidore Adelson, 81, a retired New York City truant officer, died Sunday night. The Adelsons, who lived in Westhampton, were on their way to a wedding in New Jersey. Continue Reading »

Thirty People Hurt in Charter Bus Crash on Interstate 95 in Connecticut

Filed February 9th, 2016 F.A. Kelley

At least 30 people were hurt when a bus headed to the Mohegan Sun casino rolled over on Interstate 95 in Connecticut during Monday afternoon’s snowstorm.

The state’s Department of Transportation said the accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. The bus, owned by Dahlia Inc., and operated by VMC East Coast, left from New York City on its way to the casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, FoxNews reports. Continue Reading »

Twelve-Year-Old Girl Loses Her Life Crossing the Street in Elmont

Filed February 2nd, 2016 M. Lepmanis

A seventh-grade girl was hit by a car just after 7:30 AM on Monday, February 1, 2015 in front of Martin DePorres School in Elmont, Queens, in New York.

She was taken to Franklin General Hospital where she died one hour later, according to ABC News. The girl was with her twin sister and a friend. According to police, they were jaywalking, and did not have a green light when they were crossing the street on their way to Elmont Jr. High School. Continue Reading »

Man Driving Drunk Hits Van, Sending it Into Family Room

Filed January 18th, 2016 F.A. Kelley

A Hampton Bays, New York man faces a drunken-driving charge after hitting a van parked in the driveway of a home and sending it into the home’s family room, police said.

Southampton Town police said A.J. Glass, 40, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed his 2002 Jeep into the 2008 Chevrolet van parked at the home on Gardenia Avenue, near Wakeman Road, in Hampton Bays at about 2:30 a.m. on January 15, 2016, Newsday reports. Continue Reading »

Filed December 21st, 2015 F.A. Kelley

In the omnibus spending bill passed on December 18, Congress reauthorized the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides health benefits and compensation to to 9/11 responders and survivors who suffer illnesses and injuries from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Health benefits were extended for 75 years, until 2090, the New York Daily News reports. Joseph Zadroga, father of detective James Zadroga for whom the act is named, said, “It’s a very good day.” James Zadroga died in January 2006 from illness caused by toxic exposures at ground zero. Continue Reading »

Extension of 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Included in Omnibus Spending Bill Before Congress

Filed December 18th, 2015 F.A. Kelley

The omnibus spending bill now before Congress contains the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the legislation that provides benefits to first responders who became ill after the September 11 attacks.

The Zadroga Act funding is an $8.1 billion part of the $1.1 trillion tax and spending bill, according to ABC7 (New York). Under the agreement, the Victim Compensation Fund will be fully funded through 2021, and the World Trade Center Health program will be renewed until 2090. Continue Reading »

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