Woman arrested in fatal Junction Boulevard crash

By Mark Hallum

Police have arrested a Forest Hills woman who was the driver of a Porche, which jumped the curb while traveling at excessive speeds, injuring three and killing one 21-year-old female pedestrian last week, the NYPD said.

Irene Lee, 56, of 111-32 76th Ave., was charged Friday for leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in death and running a red light, according to NYPD.

The accident took place on the Horace Harding Expressway service road and Junction Boulevard at 6:30 p.m., according to NYPD.

Police from the 110th Precinct found the four victims when they arrived: a 21 year-old woman lying in the street with head trauma, a 26 year-old female bicyclist with an injury to her head, and two drivers in their vehicles with minor injuries.

The NYPD said the driver of the Porsche, originally described as a Hispanic man in his 50s, fled on foot north on Junction Boulevard.

Three out of the four of the victims were transported to Elmhurst Hospital, including the 21-year-old, who police died from her injuries.

Police were looking for the driver of the Porsche led by the Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad.

Another fatal accident took place on the Cross Island Parkway in Whitestone Wednesday at about 11:45 p.m. The 22-year-old driver of a Mercedes was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead by EMS, police said.

An investigation by the NYPD’s Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad determined two vehicles traveling southbound on Cross Island Parkway between the Utopia Parkway and Clearview Expressway exits collided as a Mercedes E63 AMG changed lanes at a high rate of speed and struck a Toyota Sienna. According to police, the driver of the vehicle swerved into a guardrail on the west side of the road before hitting a concrete barrier on the east side of the road, at which point the driver was flung from the vehicle and killed. The 20-year-old male passenger was treated for minor injuries and transported to Elmhurst Hospital.


Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhallum@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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