Crash Sends 2 Flying Over Cross Bronx Barrier, Kills 1

Sister and brother flew 75 feet to ground below

Monday, Oct 31, 2011  |  Updated 7:16 AM EDT
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A 20-year-old woman died and her 19-year-old brother is in a coma after the siblings were struck by a car on the Cross Bronx Expressway and flung over a barrier to the ground 75 feet below early Sunday morning, police said.

The victims, identified as Jennifer Sosa, and her younger brother Pedro Luis Sosa, were traveling together in a 2002 Chevy Venture and were westbound on the Cross Bronx Expressway when they got into an accident near exit 5A just before 6 a.m., according to police.

Sosa and her brother, an amateur boxer, stepped out of their car to examine the damage in the multi-vehicle crash, police said.

That's when a separate car came toward them and hit the two, sending them over the concrete barrier and 75 feet to the Bruckner Boulevard below.

Additional emergency responders were called to that accident at the intersection of Bruckner Boulevard and Brush Avenue, and transported both victims to Jacobi Hospital.

Jennifer Sosa was pronounced dead; her brother Pedro remains in critical condition in a coma at the hospital.

Jennifer Sosa's devastated mother Angela Escoto recalls speaking with her daughter moments before she was killed.

"Jennifer called me and she said that she was in an accident," a stricken Escoto told The New York Post. "The last thing she said to me was, 'I'm OK, Mom. I was in an accident, but I'm all right, it's not that serious. I'm fine."

Pedro Luis Sosa's boxing coach, Marco Suarez,  told the Daily News he narrowly missed a spot on the 2012 Olympic team in August. He was about to turn pro Monday.

Vladimir Cruz, a cousin of the Sosas, lamented the fact Pedro Sosa wouldn't be able to participate in the upcoming matches he so anticipated.

"He was coming up," Cruz told the News. "He had a few fights at Madison Square Garden."

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