HEMPSTEAD CITY, NY (CBSNewYork) – Police have identified victims of the Southern State Parkway fatal accident.
As CBS2 Carolyn Gusoff reported, this is the latest tragedy. Now the state has committed to a new study to make the highway safer.
The accident occurred around 8:30 pm on Thanksgiving Day near Hempstead’s 21st exit.
Police say 19-year-old Herson Gonzalez was driving a Honda Pilot with five passengers inside when he wiped a Toyota Corolla sideways. Honda then crossed the guardrail and collided with an overpass.
Two passengers died at the scene. On Friday, they were identified as 23-year-old Patricia Ramkissoon of Bay Shore and 23-year-old Elliott Bryant of Brooklyn.
Two other passengers were hospitalized with serious injuries. Gonzalez and a fifth passenger were also taken to hospital for evaluation.
The Toyota player was not injured.
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Since 2014, there have been more than four dozen fatal accidents on the section called “Blood Alley”.
“Too many families went to too many funerals or sat in too many hospital rooms due to poor road design,” Senator Todd Kaminsky told Gusoff.
Kaminsky has long advocated a safety review of the deadly corridor, which was designed to curve around existing communities in the 1920s. He says he is not fit for traffic these days.
Four people died in September when a man was on the wrong track to oncoming traffic.
In 2018, a bus loaded with high school students crashed into an overpass at full speed despite bans on trucks and buses.
The state Department of Transportation has agreed to look not only at the entrance and exit ramps and signs, but also at the road map itself.
According to the commissioner, the department is “examining the main route of the parkway for possible changes and improvements between Eagle Avenue and Wantagh State Parkway.”
“There are only many bends, there are many tricky parts of this road.” [It’s] heavily trafficked and accident-prone, and it would be inappropriate practice for the state not to take a look at its own ways.
Some make fun of the price of trying to straighten an outdated highway.
“Other states like Florida have implemented a toll lane so that if people want to drive faster, they are almost like a car lane, they can pay to drive on that lane, and that finances its construction,” – New York State Assembly Member Michaelle Solages said.
Studies, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2021, should print life-saving patches in blue.
The accident is still under investigation. Police are asking anyone who has information to call (631) 756-3300.