By Chris Fuchs
The couple, Philip Stevens, 27, and Cindy Wong, 26, both of 41-25 Kissena Blvd., were taken to New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, where they died, said Officer Louis Cruz, a police spokesman. The police said the injured passengers in the other car were taken to the hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening.
The police said Stevens was driving westbound on Roosevelt Avenue around 1:30 a.m. when he lost control of his 1992 Acura, swerving into the eastbound lane. Moments later, Stevens crashed into a 1987 Acura heading eastbound on Roosevelt Avenue near 126th Street, the police said. No summonses were issued.
Lt. Joseph Buda of Engine Co. 273 on Union Street in Flushing, who was injured responding to the accident, spotted a fire in Douglaston on his way home several hours later Sunday morning and was credited by neighbors with saving the neighborhood from a major blaze.
Little was known about Stevens and Wong, who neighbors said moved into their second-floor apartment nearly three years ago. Rasaela Cano, who lived down the hall from Stevens and Wong, at first was uncertain that the couple even lived in her condominium. But then she thought for a moment and asked,