New York woman killed and brother hurt after leaving vehicle amid pileup

by William Mattar | November 2nd, 2011

November 2, 2011

After a pileup on the Cross Bronx Expressway early Sunday, a brother and sister were struck by another car and thrown over a barrier, plunging 75 feet to the ground below, according to The New York Times.

The siblings, both Bronx residents, were traveling west on the Cross Bronx with eight other people when the first accident happened, police said. After the second accident, they were found below the expressway, near Bruckner Boulevard and Brush Avenue, by emergency medical workers.

Authorities blamed the slick roads from the weekend storm for the two accidents, which involved nine vehicles. All together 15 people were injured, seven seriously, and one dead.

The siblings had just exited a Chevrolet minivan that had been in a pileup when they were struck by a Toyota Corolla. The sister was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center. The brother is reported in critical condition.

A cousin of the siblings, Elba Ventura, said that the sister had a 1-year-old son. She added that another brother in the family had died a few years ago. Ms. Ventura also said that after the initial crash, the sister called her mother to say she was all right.

“I still don’t believe it,” Ms. Ventura said. “You never expect the good people to go early.”

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