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Maspeth car crash yields drug arrests

Bklyn. men face hospital, prison stays

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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Thu Aug 21, 2014.

Steep medical bills aren’t the only expenses staring three Brooklyn men in the face after a car accident in Maspeth over the weekend.

The trio are also facing hefty legal fees and prison terms as a result of the crash.

According to police, a Nissan Maxima occupied by driver Julian Soto, 23, and passengers Josie Taveras, 23, and Anthony Colon, 27, ran a steady red light while traveling westbound on Borden Avenue and collided with a Mercedes traveling southbound on Hamilton Place around 9:45 a.m. on Sunday.

When emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene, they found the occupants of the Nissan and the driver of the Mercedes, an unidentified 35-year-old male, to be suffering from neck and back injuries, with Taveras also sustaining severe head trauma in the crash, police said.

All four victims of the accident were taken by EMS to Elmhurst Hospital, where Taveras was listed in critical condition.

In searching through the wreckage, marijuana and approximately 10 glassine envelopes, allegedly containing heroin, were found in plain view on the floor of the Nissan, police said.

All three men were arrested, and Soto was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operator, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana and disobeying a traffic device.

Police said Soto has 29 prior arrests, including numerous busts for violent and narcotics offenses.

Taveras and Colon were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana.

Reports said the driver of the Mercedes was listed at Elmhurst Hospital in serious condition.

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