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Brooklyn Explosion: 13 Ave – 42 St.

Brooklyn: 13 Ave – 42 St. @FDNY Fire Marshals inspecting the collapsed building’s from the gas explosion

Update Brooklyn Explosion:

A second body was pulled Monday from the rubble of the Borough Park building that collapsed from a gas explosion that left one woman dead and another missing, according to officials.

Franchezka Figueroa, 47, a mother of three, lived on the second floor of 4206 13th Ave., near 42nd Street, and has not been seen since the blast on 1 p.m. Saturday, officials and family members said.

Third-floor tenant Ligia Puello, 64, was found in a stairwell and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Thirteen people were injured; three of which were treated at Methodist Hospital, including one person who suffered critical injuries.

There is speculation that Figueroa’s stove could be the cause of this horrific explosion.

Figueroa is said to have purchased a high-end stove. As she moved moved out of the apartment and were going to take that stove with them,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

“[That] leads us, preliminary, to look in that direction as the cause of the explosion.”

Speed Cameras New York City

Speed Cameras and the City

Officials won’t say where they’ve placed NYC’s controversial speed cameras.
But based on where and when tickets were issued, about half of them appear to be in fixed locations.
The rest are mounted on city vehicles and rove from place to place.

In 2014,

  • 471,625 speeding tickets were issued by speed cameras.
    (Compared to 117,767 speeding tickets issued by officers.)
  • Speeding cameras issued $23,581,250 in fines.
  • Vehicle crashes near cameras declined 3.9%
  • Crashes with injuries near cameras declined 13.4% *

Man Struck By City Bus in Freak Accident 06:29AM BRONX

In a freak and sad accident this Friday early morning a man is killed as he stumbles out of a his car right into the path of a city bus in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.

According to sources the 23-year-old Bronx man, who had just left an Inwood club, told his livery driver that he needed to vomit while on West 231 Street just after 2:30 a.m. The man opened the back door of the livery car and vomited.

A passing bus driver told police he spotted the man and veered to get out his way. But the man then stumbled out of the livery car and was hit by the bus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

bus strikes man in the Bronx

Man stuck/killed in crosswalk on Kingsbridge Ave and W231 Street in Bronx.

A Fathers Story: Son Struck by SUV in Forest Hills, Queens, NY.

A Fathers Recollection of His Son being Struck by an SUV in Forest Hills, Queens, NY.

Yesterday was a crazy day for my family. My 13-year-old son, Aneil, was involved in a car accident, he was hit by an SUV in Forest Hills, Queens. When I received the phone call from an unknown number, I was going to ignore it, but something told me to answer this one. When I picked up the call, it was my son informing me that he was hit by a car. At first, I thought it was some sort of a joke or something; my initial reaction was that of disbelief. Once I realized that this wasn’t a joke I really didn’t know what my first steps should be. I kind of froze, but I regained my clarity after a moment, and I knew that I had to get to where my son was and I had to get there fast.

SUV hits child in Forest Hills Queens

A Dad’s Story: Son Struck By SUV in Forest Hills, Queens.

You see the accident happened while he was over at a friend’s house. They went outside to hang out and in the process of playing on the streets as teenagers do, my son jumped into the street, and an oncoming vehicle hit him. He was side swiped and sent flying to the ground. Fortunately, he was not hurt too badly; he got a few bumps, scrapes, bruises, and he was a bit shaken up, but he wasn’t severely injured. When I arrived on the scene, I was immediately invited to enter the ambulance where my son was. I was asked if I wanted to take him to the hospital for an examination, or if I wanted to walk away and take him home. Obviously, I opted to go to the hospital to make sure that everything was okay. You can never be too careful when it comes to these types of accidents. We went to a hospital in Long Island where he was examined by several physicians and had some x-rays done. The doctors eventually determined that he would be okay and could come home.

His mother met us at the hospital, and understandably she was freaking out. She was upset, and she was looking to place blame. As is the case with me most of the time, people can’t understand how I can remain calm and collected during these types of situations. The thing is, that though I may appear calm and collected from the outside, I’m just as scared and worried as anybody else would be on the inside. However, I recognize that I have to keep my cool; I have to stay focused, and I have to get things done. If I lose my head in a situation where everyone else is losing their heads, then things will not be accomplished, and this will only make matters worst. So yes, I may appear as though I am calm, but the fact of the matter is that I am aware that a cool head is best for my son’s safety. If I panic, and I freak out, then my son will not get the treatment that he needs and things will not be handled correctly. In my mind, there is a time for panicking and freaking out, but as the person everyone depends on, that time is not during a crisis. That time is not when your son needs you to be there, and to take care of him, to protect him, and to make sure that he’s okay.

So no, I am not made of steel, I’ve had a headache for the last two days, and I am certain that this headache is due to the stress of this whole situation. However, at that moment when I was needed, I performed my duties as a father and as the caretaker of my child. I cannot afford to lose my cool; I cannot afford to lose my focus, and I cannot afford to be an emotional mess during the time when I am needed to perform. Perhaps it was my time in the military that gave me this focus? Perhaps it is my civilian job on the trading floor where I have to remain calm that gives me this focus? Hell, maybe I’m just one seriously screwed up individual? I don’t know what it is, but it is what it is.

The accident happened yesterday, and since getting to the ER last night I have had a massive headache, and I’ve felt this physical drain to my body. I think the magnitude of this situation is finally hitting me, now that I know everything is okay in terms of my son safety, maybe that is what is happening to me. Maybe the realization that now I have to ensure that the driver’s insurance covers the massive medical bills is starting to hit me. Obviously, this was not one of my concerns yesterday when addressing my son’s well-being, but it is there, and it will have to be addressed.

I don’t know my friends, but I assure you that I am a human being just like you. I love my son, and don’t let the fact that I kept my cool, or that I appeared calm fool you. It is 3 AM in the morning, and I’m running to the bathroom with discomfort in my stomach. I still have a pounding headache, and though one may think by looking at me that I’m perfectly fine, ladies and gentlemen these things catch up with all of us. In life, we have to do what we have to do, and if that requires remaining calm so that we can take care of our family, then that is what we must do.

My son is on his second day home resting. He’s a little banged up, but his spirits and mood seem to be ok. He’s still himself and doesn’t appear traumatized by the event. We all recognize how lucky we have been on this one, and we are thankful to God and all those that offered their prayers and support. My son understands now, more than ever that he must exercise great caution when walking or running through the streets.


Bryant Park, Tree Falls, Several Injured

Breaking, Bryant Park, NY Tree Falls Injuring Several People

Like a scene out of a horror movie, while sitting enjoying a summer day, several people were injured when a tree branch fell at Bryant Park Friday afternoon, according to officials.

Tree Falls Bryant Park

Fallen Tree Injures 5 In Bryant Park

The tree branch fell in a park seating area near 40th Street and Fifth Avenue around 4 p.m.

It’s been reported one person was wheeled out of the park on a stretcher.

Flatbush Brooklyn Child Struck By Car

An 8-year-old girl / pedestrian was struck by a car and  killed in Flatbush, Brooklyn at the intersection of E. 22nd Street and Ditmas Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Jadann Williams tried to cross E. 22nd Street when she was struck by an SUV.


8 Year Old Female Child struck and killed Fatbush Brooklyn.

The young girl was transported to Kings County Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The 35-year-old man driving the vehicle remained at the scene.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Rego Park Queens Casino Bus Accident

What a way to start a Monday with a casino bus crash that injures 12 in Rego,Park, Queens.

A Resorts World Casino New York City bus crashed into a building while trying to avoid a vehicle making a sharp turn in Queens Monday afternoon, critically injuring the bus driver and hurting several other people, according to NYPD.

The casino bus driver was traveling north on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, NY,when another vehicle made a sharp turn in front of him at 63rd Avenue. The bus driver in an attempt to avoid hitting the vehicle, made a sharp right turn and struck the corner of the building at 62-87 Woodhaven Blvd., smashing through the building.

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Officials hold news briefing on the casino bus accident in Queens. 12 injured

Multi vehicle Crash On I-95 In Bronx 7 Injured

Multi vehicle Crash On I-95 In Bronx Injures 7. 4 ejected from vehicle. Surprise, surprise, an unlicensed driver.

7 people were injured in a multi vehicle crash on the New England Thruway in the Bronx.

Multivehicle Crash On I-95 In Bronx Injures 7. 4ejected from vehicle. Unlicensed Driver.

7 hurt in multi-vehicle crash on New England Thruway in the Bronx

The crash occurred in Eastchester on the southbound side of the thruway near Conner Street around 1 a.m. Sunday when the driver of a van with five people inside was trying to get off at Exit 14 and hit a box truck, which hit another truck, according to the NYPD.

Four passengers in the van were ejected, the fifth was also injured, including two others in the box truck. NY EMS transported the injured to Jacobi and St. Barnabas Hospitals. All listed in stable condition.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

New York personal injury attorney, Paul Ajlouny, gives his two cents on such an accident.  “It’s no surprise that these 4 individuals were  injured in this crash. They are luck they were not killed. Obviously they were not wearing those seat belts, or if any actually existed. Seat-belts save lives people. ” Said Mr. Ajlouny.

Department of Transportation data show 22 percent of backseat passengers do not buckle up.

The Department of Transportation states people not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.

In fatal crashes, more than three out of four people who are ejected die from their injuries.

Car jumps curb Midtown, pedestrian suffers serious injury

A woman while standing on a curb is suddenly struck by a car that jumped the curb, pinning the women against a light pole  in Midtown, Manhattan, NY. almost ripping her leg off, according to eyewitnesses.

Manhattan Crash

Car jumps curb on E 49 St & 2nd Ave in Midtown.

The accident happened along Second Avenue near East 49th Street around 4:30 p.m. Monday when a Mercedes traveling south on Second was cut off by another car and went up onto the sidewalk, injuring the women. witnesses said.

Witnesses describe the ghastly scene as this poor the women, conscious and alert, lay pinned by the vehicle, with her lower leg ripped open. There was a medical clinic across the street with doctors rushing to the women’s aid until EMT arrived. The women was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition.

The accident is still under under investigation.

Jumping Curb Accidents In Manhattan

  • Jun 2: Manhattan: West 68 & Columbus. U/D; 1 in custody after car jumps curb in front of restaurant.
  • May 12: Midtown: 1 Hurt After Taxi Driver Jumps Curb, Slams Into Bus Stop Shelter
  • Dec 11: 7 people injured after a car jumps curb in Manhattan’s Herald Square.
  • Oct 24: Manhattan: Car jumps curb at newly-installed pedestrian island on West End Ave
  • Oct 6: Manhattan: Two pedestrians transported in serious condition as taxi jumps curb on E. 59th St.
  • 23 Mar 2014: A woman was hurt when a taxi jumped a curb in Midtown Sunday afternoon.
  • 20 Aug 2013: Scene at 49th & 6th in midtown Manhattan after cab jumps curb; reports woman hit.

 Attorney Advice:
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle that has jumped the curb, the pedestrian, can end up with serious debilitating injuries, or sadly killed.

In such a confusing, shocking time, as crazy as everything going around you is, seeking legal representation from a New York personal injury lawyer, would allow you peace knowing your best interests are protected.

Paul Ajlouny, of Ajlouny Injury Law, can help victims seriously injured or surviving family members obtain compensation for medical bills and other expenses, including funeral costs.

Limo Accident Kills 4 Long Island, NY

What was supposed to be a happy birthday celebration among eight young women, ended in the tragic fatal loss of 4 of the women, in a horrific limo accident in Long Island over this last weekend.

Eight young women in their mid-twenties, rented a limo, to celebrating, a happy occasion , that ended in death.

Families, friends, and people across the country are mourning the Loss of 4 Young Lives. The victims, Brittney Schulman, 23, and Lauren Baruch, 24, both of Smithtown, Amy Grabina, 23, of Commack and Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park died in the crash near Vineyard Route 48 in Cutchogue, according to authorities.

Limo Crash Long Island

Driver pleads not guilty after hen party limo crash which killed four bridesmaids.

The injured surviving women in the limo were Olga Lipets of Brooklyn, Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood, Melissa Crai, 23, of Scarsdale and Alicia Arundel, 24, of Setauket, officials said.

Their driver of the limo , 58-year-old Carlos Pino of Bethpage, employed by Ultimate Class Limousine, was allegedly making an illegal U turn at the time of the crash, was hospitalized as well.

Meanwhile, the accused drunken driver whose truck struck the limo was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Steve Romeo, 55, the accused drunk driver was charged with a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in the T-bone collision late Saturday afternoon.

Town office flags flew half-staff to honor the four women killed in the Cutchogue limo crash

Pickup driver who ran into limo, killing 4 women, drank beer before crash.

Reports indicate that Romeo tried to flee the crash scene on foot by jumping an embankment, while being pursued by police and ultimately captured.

Remeo was arraigned in his hospital bed at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport.

The women in the limo had hired the limo so they could the could all drink responsibly while visiting Long Island Vineyards in North Fork.

The limo was struck broadside, and nearly split in half, when a Steve Romeo’s red pick-up truck struck the limo on Route 48 on Saturday around 5:15.

New York car accident attorney, Paul Ajlouny weighs in on this devastating limo accident.  “These young women did something that many people around the country do, they went wine tasting.  They hired a limo so as not to drive themselves while drinking, they did the right thing.” States Mr. Ajlouny.

“Sadly, we all can’t stop living our lives. No one is safe when there’s a drunk driver on the road. Romeo’s reckless, dangerous act of driving under the influence, took the precious lives of these beautiful young women. When will it stop! Our prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends left behind to grieve this heart-wrenching loss. To experience the loss of a loved one so young is a nightmare no parent should have to endure.” says Mr. Ajlouny.

Drunk Driving Statistics In New York

Drunk driving fatalities (.08 BAC or higher): 364 representing 30.4% of all total traffic deaths, a 7.1% increase from last year.

Alcohol related crash injuries (.01 BAC or higher): 6,019

Alcohol related crashes (.01 BAC or higher): 8,368

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving


The driver of the truck that t-boned a limousine, killing four young women celebrating a birthday, was arraigned from his hospital bed on a charge of driving while intoxicated, according to authorities. Steven Romeo, 58, of Bethpage, was arraigned at Eastern Long Island Hospital and ordered held on $1 million bond, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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