19-year-old Woman Killed after Car Slams into Pole in New Springville

A 19-year-old woman is dead and two others are injured after, witnesses say, a car slammed into a pole on Richmond Avenue, launching one female passenger out of the vehicle and sending a second into its trunk.
The crash happened just before 11 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Richmond Avenue and Richmond Hill Road in New Springville.
An FDNY spokesman confirmed that two people were hospitalized in critical condition.
One of the hospitalized victims, a 19-year-old female, was pronounced dead shortly after 11:30 p.m., a police spokesman said.
A law enforcement source said the second hospitalized victim, an 18-year-old female, was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, in critical condition. The driver, a 21-year-old man, suffered non life-threatening injuries, the source said.
According to witnesses, the car, a silver sedan, was barreling northbound on Richmond Avenue when it blew by a car on its right, then lost control as it tried to avoid another vehicle making a left onto Richmond Hill Road from the opposite direction.
“So he [swerves] left, and he tries to cut back in. He goes way out of control, he tries to cut back in, but it was too late,” said Justin Elnahrawy, 19, of New Springville. The sedan’s rear left quadrant hit the utility pole at the median, he said, and went spinning. 
“The one girl got ejected. The other girl ended up in the trunk…I’m pretty sure she broke her neck, I don’t know exactly,” he said.
A man was driving the sedan, Elnahrawy said.
“He was going really fast, man. You know a car is going fast when you hear the zoom,” he said.
Omar Rahman, also of New Springville, said he was driving home, on the southbound side of Richmond Avenue, when the crash happened.
“I’m on the other side, and the glass is flying on all the cars,” Rahman said.
“The sound that it made was…horrible,” he said, describing the loud “boom” caused by the impact. “I was in the first car, so if he had missed that pole, he was coming right into us.”
As for the woman in the trunk, he said, “They were doing chest compressions on her.”
A minivan was following the sedan, Rahman said. “And the girls came running out, their friends. And I’m yelling at them, ‘Talk to her, talk to her, keep the other one awake!’
“It didn’t look good,” Rahman said.
Police blocked off the northbound lanes of Richmond Avenue, and used road flares to limit southbound traffic to a single lane as they investigated late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
“I’ve seen a lot of crashes and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Elnahrawy said. “When you see the body flying out the car, then it hits you. Nobody cares about no traffic laws — everyone pulls up and everyone’s trying to help.”


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