An Ozone Park teenager was arrested after a high-speed crash last Friday afternoon in Broad Channel that left 10 people injured and shut down a busy stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard at rush hour.
Police say Gurdip Miltani, 17, allegedly clocked 100 mph in his Honda northbound on Cross Bay Boulevard before he lost control of the car and hopped the grass median into oncoming traffic, slamming into two other vehicles heading southbound around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, just south of the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge.
Aerial shots of the scene showed one of the cars ended up on the curb of the southbound side. The entire front section of the vehicle and its windshield were sheared off.
The FDNY said 10 people were transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center or Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, where at least three were treated for critical injuries, none of which were considered life-threatening.
Their condition was upgraded to stable by Sunday. Miltani, who was among the injured, was later charged with reckless endangerment and was given a speeding violation. Police say he was driving 100 mph before the crash.
Cross Bay Boulevard was shut down for more than two hours after the incident, forcing delays for hundreds of commuters heading home to the Rockaways on the six bus lines that pass through the area. Since Hurricane Sandy forced the closure of the A subway line, the bus lines along Cross Bay Boulevard are among the few means of access into the Rockaway Peninsula for commuters and Cross Bay is one of only three vehicular routes off the peninsula.
The section of Cross Bay Boulevard where the accident occurred is notorious for speeding and drag racing. The road travels through a rural part of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, with more than a mile of roadway without any traffic lights.
In May 1995, two people were killed when a Corvette they were riding in crashed on the same strip going 150 mph.