Police Investigate Fatal Major Deegan Expressway Crash

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A violent crash just after midnight left one embankment off the Major Deegan Expressway littered with the debris, with four young adults, and a pregnant teenage girl dead.

Family members at the teen’s apartment in the Fort George neighborhood are grief-stricken. Daniella Abreu, 16, was due in just two weeks.

“Yes, the baby died too yes,” said Ruben Rivera, Abreu’s uncle.

The car, a Chrysler 300 sedan, was destroyed when, witnesses say, the 30-year-old driver lost control when changing lanes.

Both men, the driver and his 22-year-old passenger, died at the scene. The rest were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition.

Abreu and her baby died Friday morning.

“I feel sad, it’s a baby, for me it’s like my daughter. It’s sad,” Rivera told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Investigators say they found no evidence of drinking or other criminality at the scene. Speed does not appear to be a major factor, though other drivers reported the car was flying.

Zobeira Cruz’ son, 18-year-old Abel Garcia, was still in the hospital Thursday.

“He’s going to be OK. He’s alive. He’s going to be OK, but there’s three people who died in this accident,” she said.

Cruz says she believes her son was the father of the unborn child.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, and says highway investigators will continue their investigation.

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  • Jose

    So sorry for Daniela she was so young and so pretty, hope everybody in her family feel better soon. I’m her uncle that always remenber her

  • mark raposo

    its soo sad i know how it feels especially for daniellas best friend nicole in she has been crying all day it so hard hope the mother feels better soon.

  • amanda

    wow this is just so sad to read like she was so young n was soo close to holding her baby in her hands like thats just crzy @ andres bless u that u where there n helpin cause some people wouldnt do that and for u to i give u most up respect

    • andres peralta

      Ty amanda i would do that for nybody again we are human and we can use all the help that we can get and for a moment like that wow i dont even have words i cant even sleep i still have their faces in my head and so sorry for all of then

  • Aneudi Garcia

    @andres thanks for helping them, its a really sad story i dont personally know the victims but my mother and the Ms.Abreu were really close, she helped her out alot in school and my brother was friends with the driver. . rip

  • andres peralta

    the front passenger was still alive , i was there we took the kid from the back seat he was dead , the other guy was bleeding alot but he was alive he was on the front seat , the girl was pregnant and she was in back seat she was alive too and there was another guy who was screaming that he had a broken leg but fire deparment got there and we left hope the other two be ok

    • eunice garcia

      hi andres my mother wants me to tell you thank you so much for helping our family, and i want to send my blessing to you and your family god sends you to help these kids in this horrific tragedy and that is what good people do .

      • andres peralta

        can ya let me know went is the funeral i want to go even if i didnt know them my number is 347 257 4892 thank you and tell your mother that i would do it again for anybody else

    • Sujeli

      Yes, Thank the Lord for good people like you. This is just so sad.

    • eunice garcia

      thank you so much for helping my family god will bless you

      • Sujeli

        Eunice, please tell your mom that I called her and left her messages. My condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives. God bless my little cousin Abel.

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