Man Arrested in Deadly 2-Car Accident in Harlem

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    One person was killed and several others were hurt in a two-vehicle crash in Harlem Wednesday afternoon, authorities say. Ida Siegal reports. (Published Thursday, Feb 7, 2013)

     

    Police arrested a Brooklyn man in connection with a two-car crash in Harlem that killed a 46-year-old woman and injured several others.

    Wislairs Mentor was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

    Police say a 2003 Ford Focus traveling south on Broadway attempted to make a left turn onto West 135th Street when it collided with Mentor's van at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    Both vehicles careened onto the sidewalk, striking a 44-year-old pedestrian.

    Police say Lisette Ventura, of Manhattan, the front passenger in the Focus, was taken to Saint Luke's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    The driver of the Focus and two infant rear passengers, as well as the female pedestrian were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

     

    Fernando Gonzalez, the husband of the woman who died, was seen sobbing outside the hospital Wednesday night, hugging his teenage son. Gonzalez told reporters in Spanish, "She was my family, my heart." 

    Ana Polanco, who saw the accident from the window of the medical office where she works, said people flew into action after the accident, some trying to lift the car up and rescue pedestrians underneath.

    "They were trying to move it off the sidewalk, like with their own human strength," she said.

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