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A 4-car crash claims the lives of 2, injures 7 in Queens

A multi-car crash, which occurred near the intersection of Queen's Grand Central Parkway and 188 St., claimed the lives of two and injured as many as seven on Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Jamaica Estates accident, which occurred just after 6:30 a.m., is believed to have been caused by a 33-year-old suspected drunk driver from New Jersey, a man that police took into custody at the crash scene.

Witnesses to the accident reported having seen the New Jersey man attempt to accelerate his vehicle past another car driving alongside him as he drove in the westbound direction shortly before the accident occurred. As he attempted to do so, he lost control of his SUV, a 2014 BMW.

In the chaos that ensued, the man's vehicle was carried across three lanes of traffic and slammed into the roadway's guardrail. It's then that it flipped over in the middle of the highway's eastbound lanes. When officers arrived at the crash scene, they found one car flipped up on its roof and another on its side.

Among the deceased was a 16-year-old male who was ejected from his car's backseat during the crash. A 34-year-old passenger, that was riding in the front seat of that same car at the time, was transported to Elmhurst Hospital from the crash scene. He succumbed to his injuries less than two hours later. The seven other individuals that were injured in the crash suffered minor injuries.

As for the man alleged to have caused the crash, he was arrested by officers at the crash scene. Police say he will be arraigned on charges to include vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, aggravated vehicular homicide, reckless driving and endangerment charges.

According to police, up until this crash, there had been 102 traffic fatalities so far this year in Queens. That number is an 18 percent decrease from the number reported last year at this same time.

If you have lost a loved one in a car crash that was another person's fault, you may be able to recover funeral or medical costs and other damages.

Source: Daily News, "2 dead, 7 injured in 4-car crash on Grand Central Parkway in Queens," Laura Dimon, July 17, 2017

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