BRONXDALE, N.Y. (WPIX)—Two people are dead and one is in critical condition after a midnight car crash in the Bronx. One of the victims went unnoticed by police for half an hour before she was discovered dead.
A livery cab carrying a driver and a passenger was traveling westbound on Waring Avenue in Bronxdale when another vehicle traveling northbound on Laconia Avenue crashed into it at 11:55pm Tuesday evening. Police say the vehicle -- a 2009 Mazda SUV -- was speeding and caused a T-bone collision with the livery cab -- a 2001 Chrysler 300M -- at the intersection of the two avenues.
The livery cab then crash into a parked, unoccupied Ford Explorer SUV and the violent impact sent the passenger flying out of the cab.
Local resident Anthony Maitta told PIX News that he and his neighbors witnessed the crash. "We just seen a blaze of fire and we just went right into it trying to get the guy [the driver] out," Maitta told PIX News.
The driver of the livery cab, a 41-year-old Hispanic male, was sent to Jacobi Hosital in critical condition where he later died. A co-worker of the driver told PIX News that the driver's name is Pedro "PJ" Barrios.
But the female passenger went unnoticed when police arrived on the scene.
The woman's body was blocked from their view when she flew over a tall green corner fence belonging to the Pelham Parkway Nursing Home. The building's security guard, Neville Dundas, arrived to his post about half an hour after the accident occurred while police were still on the scene. He discovered the woman's body on the nursing home's grounds while monitoring the security cameras.
Dundas immediately notified police, who broke through the locked gate with an sledge hammer. The woman, who was in her 20s, was also pronounced dead on the scene.
There are questions of whether the woman would have survived if she was found sooner.
The driver of the speeding Mazda SUV, a 27-year-old Hispanic male, was also sent to Jacobi Hospital where he is still listed in critical condition.
The identities of the victims have no been released and family notification is pending. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Local residents told PIX News that Bronxdale is often the site of drag races.