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Driver dies in fiery crash in Bronx

A driver on a Bronx highway died after sideswiping another vehicle and slamming into a pole early Saturday, cops said. Saturday, January 13, 2018, 3:15 a.m.

William Santana from Queens, NY, was speeding when he struck the Lincoln MKZ on the Major Deegan Expressway on Saturday, about 3:15 a.m. Santana died in the fiery crash.

William Santana, 47 a Queens man died in a fiery crash on a Bronx highway early Saturday, police said.

William Santana, 47 a Queens man died in a fiery crash on a Bronx highway Saturday AM

William Santana, 47, was behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz on the Major Deegan Expressway, when he sideswiped an SUV, and slammed into a wall, causing his car to explode into flames, according to police.

The vehicles were traveling south side by side when Santana, who was in the left lane, veered into the middle lane, striking the side of the SUV. First respondents upon arrival on the scene found the Mercedes-Benz engulfed in fire on a grassy area, Santana, died at the scene.

Recent Crashes On Bronx-bound Major Deegan Expressway:

New York Car Accident Lawyer Paul Ajlouny of the NY Law Firm Ajlouny Injury Law weighs in on this tragic accident.

“This unfortunate accident appears to have been caused by excessive speed. A safe speed should always be maintained while driving on any highway transportation. In most accidents speed is the reason for most traffic accidents. Other factors for highway accidents include weather related hazards (icy roads), distracted driving, fatigue and drinking. Condolences are offered out to the Santana family. Our prayers and hearts are with the family.” says Mr. Ajlouny.




Times Square vehicle collision with pedestrian injuries.

Crash into Town Square crowd possible deliberate act!

INJURED PEDESTRIAN TELLS DRIVER’S ACTIONS APPEARED ‘INTENTIONAL’ IN NEW YORK’S TIMES SQUARE! Initial reports said as many as 22 people were hurt and 1 killed when a car struck a crowd in Times Square.

“Everybody was just running, everyone was concerned for their lives,” says witness of Times Square crash. According To The FDNY 22 total patients currently reported at scene of motor vehicle accident in Times Square.

1:03 Eastern Update: A person has died in the Times Square crash; 20 are hurt, say authorities.

 scene in Times Square where a car fatally plowed into a crowd of pedestrians

Scene in Times Square where a car fatally plowed into a crowd of pedestrians

Times Square just went nuts. People screaming and running, the place is swarming with emergency vehicles and cops. People injured. WTF

Times Square just went nuts. People screaming and running, the place is swarming with emergency vehicles and cops. People injured. WTF

Just In - Vehicle-pedestrian crash Times Square

Just In – Vehicle-Pedestrian Crash Times Square

Car speeding before collision and appeared to be out of control going the wrong way according to witnesses. Driver, believed to be from the Bronx, taken into custody after barreling into the lunch-hour crowd in Times Square. Driver believed to have history of drunk driving.

#BREAKING: Police ID driver as 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx in deadly Times Square crash. One young women is dead.

Richard Rojas, seconds after he plowed into a crowd of people in #TimesSquare. 1 dead, 22 hurt.

Richard Rojas, seconds after he plowed into a crowd of people in #TimesSquare.

13 total patients currently reported at scene of motor vehicle accident in Times Square

13 total patients currently reported at scene of motor vehicle accident in Times Square — 45st St New York, NY 10036 Photo Credit FDNY



Driver Alive After Severe Crash South Ozone Park

A 25 year old driver is lucky to be alive after crashing his car into a tree  in South Ozone Park. The occurred on North Conduit Avenue near 120th Street around 3:40 a.m. Sunday morning.

The driver was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he remains in  stable condition after doctors operated on him. The photos of the vehicle at the scene show the car wrapped around a tree, facing the wrong way on the one-way, with no rooftop or doors.

According to NYPD data, North Conduit Avenue between 120th and 121st streets has been the scene of 14 crashes this year, injuring three, two car occupants, and one pedestrian.

Queens DWI crash

Possible Reckless driving and speeding in Queens crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation

Speed and under the influence wreck

Car wreckage indicates speeding in early morning Queens crash.

Conduit Avenue Crashes 2015:

  • Man, 41, dies after crashing car into tree in Queens: police – July 13, 2015
  • 12 Injured After MTA Bus Crashes Into House In Queens … – Oct 4, 2015
  • Passenger, 21, killed in Queens crash – Aug 10, 2015
  • Queens crash kills one woman, injures several kids – May 26, 2015

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists should be aware that Conduit Avenue is dangerous and prone to crashes. Conduit Avenue, especially between Cross Bay BLVD in Howard Beach and Atlantic Avenue in Cypress Hills, serves as a thoroughfare between SE Queens & Brooklyn.

Drivers also use it to access Linden Boulevard and the Belt Parkway. Conduit Avenue has no no bike lanes along the thoroughfare with reports of drivers speeding along the street.

Statistics show that in 2009 and 2013, seven people were killed and 41 were severely injured in accidents along that stretch of Conduit Avenue. A total of 763 people were injured including 42 pedestrians and 13 bicyclists, according to the Department of Transportation. Conduit Avenue – Read more ..

Helen Marszalek, 70, was walking across Atlantic at Grant Avenue,  in East New York, Brooklyn at around 1:30 in the afternoon when she was struck by the driver of a BMW sedan in the westbound lanes. Marszalek, who lived nearby, died at Brookdale University Hospital, DNAinfo reported.

Woman, 70, fatally struck by car

Helen Marszalek.

The crash occurred on a segment of Atlantic that the de Blasio administration has singled out for improvements as part of the Vision Zero Great Streets program, which concentrates on four of the city’s most dangerous streets for walking: Atlantic Avenue, Queens Boulevard, Grand Concourse, and Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue.

Atlantic Avenue at the site of the crash is six lanes with a center median. Last summer DOT unveiled plans to redesign medians and add vehicle turn bays between Pennsylvania Avenue and Conduit Avenue, to the west, where the crash rate is higher than on 90 percent of Brooklyn streets. Phase two of the project would focus on Atlantic between Conduit Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard, encompassing the intersection where Marszalek was killed.

NYC DOT Extends Anti-speeding Campaign with New Locations For Speed Boards

Radar devices, including boards with skeleton images, display vehicle speeds to underscore the City’s 30 mph speed limit and the dangers of speeding

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the relocation of speed boards to new sites citywide, extending the reach of a vital safety message that calls dramatic attention to the city’s 30 m.p.h. speed limit and the fatal consequences of speeding.

DOT introduced speed boards this spring as part of its “That’s Why It’s 30” anti-speeding campaign, temporarily installing them along corridors with histories of excessive speeding.

In addition to traditional speed boards that display oncoming vehicles’ speeds, DOT unveiled specialized ones that display an LED image of a skeleton next to the words “Slow Down” if a passing motorist exceeds the speed limit.

Skeleton speed boards currently are stationed at Beverly Road between East 28th and East 29th streets and Dahill Road between 52nd and 53rd streets in Brooklyn; Hillside Avenue between 248th and 249th streets and Utopia Parkway between 67th and Peck avenues in Queens; and Hylan Boulevard between Buffalo Street and Chesterton Avenue in Staten Island. Traditional speed boards are now located at Linden Boulevard between Warwick and Jerome streets in Brooklyn; Targee Street between Venice Street and Clove Road and Mosel Avenue between Osgood Avenue and Manton Place in Staten Island; Webster Avenue between 194th Street and Bedford Park Boulevard and Hutchinson River Parkway East between Wilkinson and St. Paul avenues in the Bronx; and Fifth Avenue between 132nd and 135th streets in Manhattan. Read More

The speed boards will continue to be rotated to new locations each month to curb excessive speeding. Future locations for speed boards include Utica Avenue between Avenue L and Avenue M, 21st Avenue between 53rd and 57th streets, and Shore Parkway at Knapp Street in Brooklyn; Richmond Avenue between Arthur Kill Road and Victory Boulevard in Staten Island; 172nd Street between 107th and Liberty avenues and North Conduit Avenue between Sutter Avenue and 76th Street in Queens; Bruckner Boulevard between Longwood Avenue and East 156th Street and Lafayette Avenue between East Tremont and Balcom avenues in the Bronx, and Broadway between Dongan Place and Arden Street in Manhattan.

The use of speed boards builds on a growing portfolio of safety tools designed to educate New Yorkers about the safety benefits of the city’s 30 m.p.h. speed limit. In DOT’s Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, focus groups showed that more than two-thirds of New Yorker’s did not know the 30 m.p.h. speed limit in the city. DOT’s “That’s Why It’s 30” advertising campaign was developed to build awareness and change behavior.

Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident Lawyer weighs in on DOTS Anti-speeding Campaign. “raising safety awareness among drivers, and pedestrians by highlighting the danger of speeding is just another step to reducing the number of pedestrian / driver injuries and fatalities” says Mr. Ajlouny.

“New York streets are congested with distracted drivers, possibly under the influence or in a rush to get from one place to another as seen on a main street like Conduit Avenue.

I stand by any attempt to keep pedestrians safe while walking; like crosswalks, pedestrian signals, and pedestrian warning signs. Hopefully, this campaign can educate New Yorker’s about what to look for, what to expect and how to proceed in an attempt to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities and achieve greater pedestrian safety.” said Mr. Ajlouny.

If a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling 40 m.p.h. or faster, there’s a 70% chance that the pedestrian will be killed; at 30 m.p.h., there’s an 80% chance that the pedestrian will live.

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