According to an online accident report posted on abc7ny.com, a car collided with another motor vehicle, cutting that vehicle in half and tragically killing five people in Yonkers, New York. Law enforcement officers stated that the collision took place at approximately 9:30 p.m. and happened on Riverdale Avenue. Investigators reviewed surveillance camera video from a gas station that showed the entire accident.
One local resident called the accident a “horrific scene.” She stated that she heard a very loud noise as the vehicles collided. She also stated that she had never witnessed anything worse. The woman looked out her window and saw a man running and screaming, “Oh my God, oh my God!” The woman stated that she went outside and saw that one of the vehicles was split in half, and sadly, several dead bodies were lying on the ground.
Yonkers police officers stated that they witnessed a white Infiniti sedan moving “erratically,” and the officers attempted to stop the vehicle. However, the driver duped the officers when the driver appeared to be pulling over for the officer, but then fleeing the scene as soon as the officer walked toward the vehicle.
The police officers pursued the white Infiniti sedan, and police asserted that the driver “continued to accelerate beyond reckless speeds” as the white Infiniti sedan progressed into the intersection at Culver Street. At the same moment, a silver Nissan sedan occupied by Yonkers residents was attempting to turn right onto Riverdale Avenue from Culver Street. At that exact moment, the silver Nissan sedan entered the intersection, the white Infiniti T-boned the Nissan, and the impact split the Nissan into two, tragically killing the occupants of the Nissan as they were thrown from the vehicle.
The Infiniti’s driver, a 36-year-old Mount Vernon man, had to be extracted from his vehicle. He also tragically died as a result of his accident injuries while at a local area hospital.
According to the report, the Mount Vernon man was a convicted drug dealer who has served many years in federal prison. The Yonkers police officers investigating the accident did not disclose why they believe the Mount Vernon man fled officers that night. The accident investigation is on-going as police continue to recover evidence.
The Yonkers police emphasized that the police officers involved in the incident were not involved in a high-speed police pursuit with the suspect. The officers were merely following the suspect from a safe distance, according to Detective Lieutenant Dean Politopoulos. Lieutenant Dean Politopoulos said that the terrible tragedy has the department mourning the loss of the four young men, and he offered his condolences to the men’s families.
Neighbors stated that speeding had been a serious issue in the area and along the avenue. Some residents have expressed fear of driving in the area due to the amount of reckless driving that occurs there.
Yonkers Public Schools issued a statement to the families of the young men who recently graduated and had bright futures ahead of them.
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