Two people were killed in a devastating car accident outside of Kings Plaza Shopping Center on Monday, in which the deceased’s car was ripped nearly in half. The accident has spurred police to launch a 48-hour crackdown on speeding throughout the city.
Police issued the following information yesterday:
On May 19, 2014 at approximately 1840 hours [6:40 p.m.] police responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U in the confines of the 63 Pct. Upon arrival police determined that vehicle #1 a Nissan Maxima traveling southbound on Flatbush Avenue struck vehicle #2 a BMW which was turning onto Avenue U from northbound Flatbush Avenue. The driver of vehicle #1 a male 20 was taken to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced DOA. The passenger of vehicle #1 an unidentified female was pronounced DOA at the scene. The driver and passenger of vehicle #2 were taken to Kings County Hospital with minor injuries. Investigation is ongoing.
DNAinfo reports that the two killed were Philbert Martin Williams, 20, and his passenger, 18-year-old Christina Wipper.
Police believe Williams had been speeding when he hit the BMW, although no criminality is suspected and no summonses have been issued.
Security video from the 7-Eleven at that intersection captured the accident, which shows the Nissan darting down the street as the BMW made a turn. Police told the Daily News the BMW’s driver had a left-turn arrow.
After the crash, the Nissan barreled further down Flatbush Avenue, slamming into a telephone pole and tearing nearly in half.
Wipper was reportedly decapitated in the accident, leaving witnesses and emergency responders aghast at the site.
“We saw them cutting the passenger out of the car,” he said, noting he was stunned by the firefighters’ reaction when they finally were able to remove what was left of the vehicle’s roof.
“They looked like they were in shock, like they had seen a ghost,” he said. “I can’t imagine what they saw.”
The owner of a local food store who showed the Daily News a copy of the video before it was posted online said he went to the crash scene and was physically overcome. “I got sick going out there,” he said, refusing to provide his name. “I couldn’t look,” he added. “I can barely watch the video.”
Police issued a press release late last night announcing a crackdown on speeding citywide. As of this morning, the investigation into the crash is still ongoing.