Two children and three adults were killed at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday when the SUV they were riding in flipped over on Atlantic Avenue in Jamaica and burst into flames, police report. Three other passengers were injured.
The vehicle, a black 2008 Mercedes Benz, was headed eastbound on Atlantic just east of the Van Wyck Expressway when it hit a concrete stanchion and rolled over, the NYPD said. It came to rest on its passenger side and then ignited.
The five victims who were killed were pronounced dead at the scene after the fire was extinguished, police said. The three survivors were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition.
Police said they suspect "unknown criminality" had something to do with the accident, which did not involve any other vehicles. They are continuing to investigate.
The NYPD has not yet publicly identified the victims, pending notification of family members. They said one was an 8-year-old girl, one was a 9-year-old boy and the other three were adult women of unknown ages. The survivors are a 45-year-old woman, who police said was driving, a 7-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man.
ATV rider killed
A Jamaica man was killed a little after 8 p.m. Saturday when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding apparently hit a pole on Merrick Boulevard at 119th Avenue, the NYPD reported.
Dave Thomas, 33, of 155th Avenue, was driving the ATV on the sidewalk when he hit the pole in front of 119-50 Merrick Blvd., according to a preliminary investigation of the incident, police said. Thomas was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.