Many people in New York trust their friends. They trust that their friends would never do something to intentionally put their lives at risk; they trust their friends to protect them from harm. Unfortunately, some people are not trustworthy and they can seriously injure or kill their friends. It appears that is what happened late last month near Jamaica Bay, Queens.
A young, 25-year-old woman had been riding in her friend's car along Brookville Boulevard in Queens when the 32-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle and it flipped onto its roof into a marshy pond. The driver, a childhood friend of the 25 year old, had apparently been drinking and driving without a license, and it was those bad decisions that likely led to this fatal accident.
Reports say that the friend had been driving near a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the early morning. The driver apparently could not keep control of the vehicle in her inebriated state and she flipped the car. Two of the individuals in the vehicle were able to escape without the help of rescuers and it was said they fled on foot. The other four needed to be pulled from the frigid water. Not realizing that two people had escaped, the firefighters on the scene spent a considerable amount of time looking for the people they believed to still be trapped.
The mother of the 25 year old said that she never believed the driver to have been problematic, but she also noted that drunk driving is all too common. Unfortunately, this instance of driving while intoxicated claimed the life of her daughter.
Source: CBS New York, "New Mom Dead, Several Others Injured When Car Plunges Into Marsh Near JFK; Driver Charged With DWI," Dec. 30, 2012
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