According to CBS News, nine people were injured, including a Rockland County resident, in a vehicle accident on the New England Thruway in the Bronx on April 25.
The news outlet reported that the accident occurred at 5 a.m. near the Connor Street exit. The vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade, slammed into a wall near the exit ramp on the northbound side of the thruway.
“I feel terrible for the people. Horrible. [The vehicle] was mangled in a million pieces. The impact had to be enormous,” witness Andre Campanile told CBS News.
The victims, who included six men and three women between the ages of 24 and 36, were transported to Jacobi Medical Center for treatment. Six of the victims, including the driver, were listed in critical condition following the crash.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission allegedly licensed the SUV, but the driver reportedly had his license revoked.
The crash remains under investigation. CBS News reported that officials are looking into whether drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash. One investigator told the news outlet that he believed speed played a significant role in the wreck.
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It should be noted that according to the National Safety Council, speeding and aggressive driving kill more than 13,000 people each year. Speeding is regularly associated with driving under the influence of alcohol.
With this in mind, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there were 344 DUI vehicle accident fatalities in New York in 2012. This was a 4.9 percent increase from 2011.
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