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Motor vehicle wrecks kill three in Queens

Two rollovers and a motorcycle crash fatal; also leave nine people injured

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:53 am, Thu Aug 7, 2014.

Two motor vehicle accidents killed residents of Southeast Queens this past week while a third in St. Albans killed a Flushing resident.

The first took place just before midnight on July 24 near the Kew Gardens Interchange.

Police said Andy Ramdhanie, 19, of 190th Street in Hollis, was traveling westbound in the center lane on the Grand Central Parkway in a Nissan Maxima when he attempted to change lanes.

Police said the preliminary investigation determined that the car struck the rear driver’s side of a Honda Accord traveling in the same direction. Ramdhani lost control, struck a metal guardrail and overturned.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. Three people in the Honda were treated for minor injuries.

Early Sunday morning, a Flushing man died in St. Albans when his motorcycle struck a car stopped at a traffic light.

Police said the preliminary information from the NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad determined that Pastor De La Cruz, 45, of 111th Street in Flushing, lost control of his Suzuki motorcycle at about 12:25 a.m. while he was eastbound on Liberty Avenue approaching the intersection with Farmers Boulevard.

The bike struck a 2004 Jaguar that was stopped at a traffic light in the northbound lane of Farmers Boulevard. De La Cruz then slid across the pavement before he struck a Nissan Frontier stopped behind the Jaguar.

Both drivers remained at the scene. Police said the woman driving the Frontier, Pauline Shepherd of 93rd Road in Queens Village, was taken into custody on a charge of driving while intoxicated-first offense.

The third incident took place Sunday afternoon in Long Island City at the intersection of 35th Avenue and 21st Street.

Police said officers responded to a 911 call reporting a vehicle collision at 4:46 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers found a 2002 Kia Sedona resting on its passenger side on the sidewalk on 35th Avenue.

The driver, 45-year-old Anthony Boyd of South Jamaica, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Five passengers in the vehicle were transported to Elmhurst Hospital Center in stable condition. Police said a pedestrian who was struck by debris from the crash also was taken to Mount Sinai and was reported in stable condition.

The NYPD said its preliminary investigation has determined that the vehicle was headed west on 35th Avenue when it jumped the curb and struck a fire hydrant, causing it to roll on its side.

All three accidents remain under investigation.

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