Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Carnage on The Concourse

1 Dead, 4 Injured in Separate crashes

Photo by David Greene

By David Greene

BRONX, NEW YORK, MAY 22- Two separate accidents along the Grand Concourse in a 7-hour span have left one person dead and three others injured, one critically.

Police were first called to the Grand Concourse at just after 9 a.m. on May 17, when investigators said two children were crossing at E. 167 Street. They were struck by a silver BMW traveling Northbound.

The unidentified pair was rushed to a local hospital with severe head trauma. Police say the driver remained at the scene and no criminality is suspected.

At just after 3:30 p.m., officers from the NYPD's Accident Investigation Squad were called back to the Grand Concourse at E. 172 Street, when an out-of-control SUV struck three people.

Police say Zuleimi Torres, 16,  was crossing the Concourse with a friend, at E. 172 Street in Mt. Eden, when she was struck by a Chevy SUV headed Northbound.

Torres was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital where she was declared dead upon her arrival to the hospital. The unidentified friend, a 16-year old girl, was recovering at the same hospital and was listed as in, "satisfactory condition."

The vehicle struck a third person, a 51-year-old woman, who was recovering at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, she was initially reported in serious condition, but has been upgraded to stable.

The suspected drunk-driver was immediately brought to the 45th Precinct for a court-ordered blood test, but that test apparently came back negative for alcohol.

Several media outlets had reported through official NYPD, "sources," that the driver had a, "medical condition," and that no charges were expected to be filed, but detectives continue to investigate.

A third serious crash took place at 2:45 p.m., at the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Morrison Avenue where two children, ages 9 and 11 were struck. The pair was transported to Jacobi Hospital in critical condition.

In another recent crash, Manuel Verdesoto, 82, a resident of Soundview was struck and killed as he crossed busy White Plains Road at just after 7 p.m., on May 15, when he was rundown by a gray 2001 Volvo.

The driver Nabaali Cletus, 46, of Van Nest allegedly produced a forged New York State photo ID card and was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

On March 17, Korean immigrant  and Bedford Park resident Sook-Ja Kim was struck and killed along Mosholu Parkway when a driver lost control of his vehicle.

Police would only say that the 22-year old Hispanic male suffered a seizure and lost control of a 1997 Honda Accord, striking the victim from behind. The crash was deemed an accident and no charges were filed.

Meanwhile, detectives continue to hunt for the driver who struck and killed a man in Fordham Heights.

The victim, Nelson Martinez, 61, was crossing the Concourse at Field Place back on March 2, when the vehicle struck him and continued to travel southbound at a high rate of speed.

Martinez died at St. Barnabas Hospital on Sunday, March 17, as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash.

In 2009, the Grand Concourse underwent a $18 million makeover between E. 161 Street and E. 167 Street. Officials continue to seek funding for the roadway above E. 167 Street. 

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run is asked to call CRIMSTOPPERS at (800)577-TIPS.

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