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Woman Standing Near Disabled Car on Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Killed in Chain-Reaction Collision

Aug 31, 2016

A woman who was standing near a relative’s disabled car on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway early Monday was killed in a chain-reaction collision that threw her over the guardrail, authorities and family members said.

Aissatou Diallo was riding in her nephew’s 1997 Toyota Rav4 on their way home from a family wedding. Her sister-in-law, who was driving a 2005 Chevy, got a flat tire, the New York Post reports. Her nephew pulled over onto the shoulder of the highway near the Meeker Avenue exit.

Diallo had told family members to get off the highway for safety reasons, but she herself was still on the highway when a man driving a 2011 BMW plowed into the back of the Chevy, according to the Post.

Diallo, the mother of four, was struck by the Chevy during the chain reaction. The impact sent her flying off the elevated highway onto Meeker Avenue below. Eight family members, including two of Diallo’s children, witnessed the accident. She was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital.

Saliou Diallo, 33, who was driving the Rav4, witnessed the horrific crash. The driver of the BMW was speeding. Some witnesses say he was going than more than 100 mph. Sources say driver was intoxicated and he tried to walk away from crash scene, but Saliou and a cousin held the man until police came, according to the Post. Saliou said he could smell liquor on the driver. The man claimed he was not driving, but there was no one else in the car, according to Saliou Diallo.

Aissatou Diallo’s 16-year-old son Abdoulaye, who was in the Toyota, said he saw the BMW coming and “I had to jump out of the way,” according to the Post.

The BMW also struck the Toyota Rav4 before coming to a stop, police said. A retired police officer, Joseph Bulger, said the commotion woke him. When he looked out his window, he saw a woman “sprawled out” on the highway, with “blood running down the street.”

The BMW driver was taken into police custody, the Post reports; charges against him were pending. The driver was taken to Woodhull Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Eight people who were in the Toyota and the Chevy were taken to Elmhurst Hospital for evaluation.

Two of the highway’s three lanes were closed during the investigation and clearing of the vehicles and this caused heavy delays on the BQE.

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