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Long Island Expressway accident kills NYC visitor and cab driver

A grandmother who was taking her grandson on a vacation to visit New York City and a cab driver who had picked the two up from the JFK airport were killed in a three-vehicle accident on Saturday, June 9. According to New York police, the fatal accident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. on the Long Island Expressway when the roads were slippery due to rain.

The taxi driver, a 46-year-old man from Queens, ran into the back of a sports car. The cab then rolled into the path of an oncoming garbage truck that could not avoid a collision. Neither the passenger of the sports car nor the driver of the garbage truck required any medical treatment.

Meanwhile, the boy was transported to a hospital and was being treated for broken bones and other injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. The boy and his grandmother had just flown into New York to celebrate the boy’s birthday. The grandmother, who loved the city, thought it would be a great present to bring her grandson to the city, according to her family members.

Rear-end collisions have become an all too common occurrence on New York roads. Unfortunately, due to the congestion of the freeways and the urgency with which many people drive, fatal accidents such as this one occur on a regular basis. Although the details have yet to be released as to who was deemed to be at fault on this occasion, a rear-end collision is often the result of a vehicle following too closely or traveling at an unsafe speed. Until more motorists appreciate the dangerousness of this conduct, other tragic fatal accidents may continue to occur.

Source: KTVN Channel 2, “NY cab crash kills driver, Utah tourist, hurts boy,” Jennifer Peltz, June 2, 2012