A fun filled night in Manhattan turned nightmarish last weekend when a car carrying three Brooklyn friends skidded and crashed on an icy stretch of the Grand Central Parkway in Elmhurst, killing two riders and leaving the third critically injured.
David Ortiz, a Brooklyn 24 year old, was driving east in his black 2001 Honda Accord at approximately 3:10 a.m. on Sunday with his 21 year old girlfriend, Viviana Perez, in the passenger seat and his friend, Jamie Domenech, in the backseat.
When Ortiz lost control of the car, it struck a signpost near Exit 9 and split in two. The front portion of the car was tangled on the far side of the road’s median when emergency responders arrived.
Both Ortiz and Domenech, who was ejected from the backseat on impact, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Perez, who had reportedly been dating Ortiz for roughly a year, was taken to Flushing’s New York Hospital Queens in a coma. She remains there in critical condition.
The couple and their friend were reportedly headed back to Perez’s home in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, near the Woodhaven border, after leaving a party.
Ortiz and Domenech, also a Brooklyn 24 year old, were friendly since their days as students at Jamaica’s Thomas Edison High School. Ortiz reportedly worked as an elevator mechanic and Domenech was a manager for Verizon.
Perez, who family and friends called “Bibi,” worked at a Manhattan Starbucks. She reportedly has two older sisters and a younger brother who is serving with the military in Afghanistan.