Maria Fernanda, a 22-year-old mother from Stamford, Conn., died after being involved in a head-on crash in Queens, N.Y. The mother was in a 1997 Toyota Corolla with her 3-year-old son, who survived, and the father of her child, who was reportedly drunk at the time of the accident.
According to police, the driver, Daniel Aguirre, 21, was driving northbound on Park Lane South in Kew Gardens when the crash took place. Aguirre allegedly crossed the double yellow line and veered into oncoming traffic at around 11:10 p.m. Sunday night.
The car hit a 2014 Toyota Camry head-on, both parents and child were pinned inside their car and had to be removed by emergency personnel. Fernanda, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, received the worst of the injuries.
The young mother was taken to Jamaica University Hospital Medical Center with severe trauma to her head and body. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Her son, who was sitting in the back seat with her, was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, but only had minor injuries. Daniel Aguirre also had minor injuries and was taken to the same hospital as his son.
Aguirre was also taken into police custody after the crash and charged for allegedly driving drunk, vehicular manslaughter, aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated.
The driver of the Toyota Camry also received minor injuries and is expected to recover.
Brooklyn Accident Reported
Another crash happened in Brooklyn this week and left a motorcyclist dead. The crash happened after the driver of a 2012 Infinity ran a red light and hit the motorcyclist, 24-year-old Joshua Dixon Taylor, who was traveling in the same direction.
Taylor was driving a Talon motorcycle, according to police sources.
He was taken to Brookdale Hospital and later pronounced dead. The driver of the Infinity was also taken to the hospital and currently listed in critical condition.
NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is currently investigating the deadly crash and the events leading up to it.
According to New York statistics, deaths involving motor vehicles have increased over the last year. The state of New York sees an average of 292 car related deaths each year and a large portion of them affect New York males above the age of 65.
National statistics show that even with the Covid-19 pandemic, car deaths have surged in this country. National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit that focuses on eliminating preventable deaths, estimates that nearly 42,060 people died in 2020 because of cars.
NSC says that many of the crashes that happened during 2020 were because drivers were driving drunk, not wearing their seatbelts, or driving at lethal speeds because of the lack of traffic.