Fiery Crash Kills One Leaves Other Horribly Injured
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, speed was a factor in 9,717 fatalities on U.S. roadways. Speeding has been a factor in one-third of all accidents over the past two decades. Speeding not only breaks the law, but can result in greater fuel consumption, lessen the effectiveness of safety measures like seatbelts and airbags, require greater braking distance, and can also lead to greater risk of losing control of the vehicle. All can prove tragic when an accident occurs. NBC New York reports on a fatal accident where speed is believed to have been a factor.
The accident happened early last Monday at Kings Highway and Tilden Avenue in the East Flatbush area of Brooklyn.
Police say a car plowed into a light pole and was so badly damaged it was barely recognizable as a car.
Police and first responders were caught on camera responding to the crash, where the two victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition. According to the New York Police Department, the 30-year-old passenger later died in the hospital, his name was not released.
The speed limit on King’s Highway is 25 mph leaving the police to believe that speed played a factor and caused the driver to lose control of the car, striking the light pole.
The crash was captured by the security camera of a nearby home, showing the car bursting into flames on impact. Good Samaritans managed to douse the flames so that the occupants could be pulled from the vehicle.