By Christina Santucci
A 28-year-old woman was charged with gun possession following what police described as a high-speed car crash on the Grand Central Parkway that took the life of the driver early Saturday morning, the NYPD said.
Police said Nancy Vega of Manhattan was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a .25 semiautomatic pistol was found inside the 2011 gold Lexus SUV she had been riding in with 29-year-old Danny Singh of Hollis at about 4:20 a.m. Saturday.
According to an investigation by the NYPD’s Highway Patrol Collision Investigation Squad, the SUV had been traveling at a high speed when it struck a metal barrier, causing the vehicle to go airborne before strikinga tree and landing on its side.
When officers from the 111th Precinct in Bayside responded to calls about the crash on the westbound side of highway by the Cross Island Parkway in Little Neck, they had found the SUV on its side with Vega and Singh inside, police said.
Vega was brought to North Shore Manhasset Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, and Singh, identified by friends as Vega’s boyfriend, was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead several hours later, the NYPD said.
At Singh’s home in Hollis, friends and family grieved for the fun-loving young father, who they said had a three-year-old son named Damion and recently began work as a meter reader for Con Edison.
“He lived his life but it got cut very short,” said cousin Narvin Khan.
Singh’s heartbroken parents and sisters were riding an Amtrak to Florida when they got the news, relatives said.
“They are taking emergency flights back,” Khan said.
Loved ones said Singh was very family oriented and loved to travel, recently taking a trip with his girlfriend to South Beach, Miami.
“He always made everybody laugh,” Khan said. “If you didn’t know how to party, oh boy, he would make you have the time of your life.”
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