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In wake of fatal car accident in Bronx

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In wake of fatal car accident in Bronx, NYPD says it will continue crackdown on reckless driving, CBS New York reports

The NYPD is delivering a resolute message: there's a firm stance against reckless driving, underscored by recent events, including a tragic Bronx crash. On Monday night, a somber gathering took place at the crossroads of Bryant and Viele avenues, where friends paid tribute to the lives of 15-year-old Sabrina Villagomez and 21-year-old Giovante Roberson, lost in a fatal collision. In memory of Giovante, candles were carefully arranged to spell out "Gio."


As per police reports, the victims were occupants of a white car driven by a 23-year-old that collided with a parked oil tanker early Sunday. NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell characterized the incident as a "tragic accident," attributing it to the involvement of young individuals in reckless activities like donuts in a parking lot during what's colloquially termed a "street meet." The result: two lives lost and two individuals severely injured.


Concerned about such reckless behaviors, the NYPD's assistant commissioner took to social media, stressing the gravity of such actions. Sharing a video illustrating a group causing havoc on the Grand Central Parkway, Chief Chell unequivocally stated that such conduct won't be tolerated. Utilizing intelligence and drone technology, the NYPD successfully identified and arrested the pickup truck seen in the video at the memorial.


This crackdown on quality-of-life issues, including reckless driving, is a pivotal aspect of the NYPD's overarching strategy. Chief Chell highlighted the accomplishment of removing over 45,000 illegal ATVs, mopeds, ghost cars, vehicles with paper plates, unregistered cars, and drag racing cars from the streets in the last eighteen months.


Following the recent collision, a 17-year-old female passenger is in critical condition, and the hospitalized driver may potentially face charges pending the ongoing investigation. The NYPD remains unwavering in its commitment to tackling reckless driving and related issues through its expanding task force.

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