The New Year was only a little more than two hours old when a car accident in Queens took a young man's life.
The victim, not yet publicly identified by police, was the front-seat passenger in a Nissan Xterra SUV that overturned on the eastbound Long Island Expressway at Parsons Boulevard at about 2:15 a.m. Jan. 1, according to police.
The vehicle had struck the median, traveled across the traffic lanes, hit the curb next to the shoulder and flipped over, coming to a stop against a tree, the NYPD said.
The driver, a 31-year-old man, and two rear-seat passengers were taken to New York Hospital Queens. The driver was in critical condition, with trauma to his head and body. The two passengers were in stable condition, with minor injuries.
EMS pronounced the front-seat passenger dead at the scene.
— Peter C. Mastrosimone