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Monday, April 30, 2012

7 Killed in SUV Accident in the Bronx

Three generations of one family were killed when the 2004 Honda Pilot they were in apparently lost control on an elevated highway, and crashed 60 feet below in a nonpublic area of the Bronx Zoo on Sunday.

Skid marks crossing three southbound lanes on the highway do not give investigators much to go on. The guardrail shows no evidence of being touched, except by some oil that probably came from the SUV. It is believed the driver, a 45-year-old woman, lost control of the SUV, estimated at travelling around 70 mph, which then hit the Jersey barrier in the center median, veered to the right where the vehicle hit a curb an flew over the guardrail.

The seven occupants were killed when the SUV landed on its top in a corner of the zoo. Two grandparents who had recently arrived from the Dominican Republic, their two daughters, and three children of the two daughters were identified as the victims.

Witnesses say it looked like the Pilot may have blown a tire, but investigators aren’t sure since there are no skid marks before the SUV hit the barrier.

An accident last June that occurred on the northbound lanes of the Bronx River Parkway was similar in that it also hit a median, flew through the air, and landed 30 feet below. As a result of the two accidents, agencies are discussing whether the guardrails are too low, as well as what other safety measures should be taken.

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posted by Neil at 11:41 AM

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