Deaths from car crashes rose dramatically during the pandemic. As with the case of other social ills, teenage and 20-something men are the main culprits.
Just before 2 am on February 28, 2022, after a night partying in upper Manhattan, Edgar Valette, 39, got into his BMW to drive two friends—Kimberly Martinez, 28, and Michael Santos, 30—home.
Careening southbound down the Henry Hudson Parkway, he lost control of his vehicle, vaulting over a barrier onto train tracks 500 feet below. The driver and passengers died.
Ten weeks later, just before midnight on May 18, 30-year-old Alwayne Hylton lost control of his own speeding BMW on the elevated Bruckner Expressway in the southwest Bronx, plummeting to the roadway below to his death.
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