|Blake Gary, 22, dead at speeding car crash in Queens|
Saturday, June 17, 2017 07:00PM
HOLLIS, Queens (WABC) -- Two men died in a violent single-car crash in Queens.
Around 1 a.m. Saturday, a car heading east at a 'high rate of speed' on 100th Avenue and 205th Place, lost control and hit a tree, then a hydrant, according to the NYPD.
The vehicle nearly split in half.
A look at the aftermath of a fatal single-car wreck in Hollis. (New York Post)
Both victims were found unconscious in the 1994 blue Toyota Corolla with severe trauma.
Blake Gary, 22, was in the rear seat and was pronounced dead on the scene. James Montague, 21, who was in the front seat of the vehicle, was taken to Queens General Hospital in grave condition.
Montague died at Queens General Hospital.
Both are from Queens and were identified by family members.
James Montague (left) and Blake Gary
A third person who was driving the vehicle fled the scene, police said. Officials said they were talking Saturday to one person involved in the accident who left the scene.
No other vehicles or people were affected. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.
Most of the drunk/drug-driving accidents occur in the early a.m. hours. We would not be surprised if, in addition to speeding, the driver was also under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In addition, federal statistics show that black and Hispanics commit disproportionately high traffic accidents.
Two black people dead after speeding car crash in New York City
- June 17, 2017
Two young men were killed in a horrific car crash in New York City that left the vehicle split in half.
James Montague, 21, and Blake Gary, 22, died after a Toyota Corolla slammed into a fire hydrant in Hollis, Queens, and broke in two upon impact, with the front half flying 50 feet into a neighbor’s yard.
A third person in the car fled the scene on foot, although police said it remains unclear whether he was the one driving at the time of the crash, police said.
He has been taken into custody, where he is being questioned by the police, Officer Tiffany Phillips told the Dailymail.com.
James Montague, 21,(left) and Blake Gary, 22, (right) died after the car slammed into a fire hydrant in Hollis, Queens, and broke in two upon impact
Witness Titus Francis told NBC: ‘I heard the squeal of tires and then I just heard a loud boom.’
The car careened down 100th Avenue near 205th Place around 1am on Saturday when it slammed into a fire hydrant, and split in two upon impact.
Gary was pronounced dead at the scene, while Montague died in the hospital.
The front half of the car flew 50 feet, knocked down part of a chain link fence across the street, and ended up in Sadie Yarbrough’s yard.
She told the New York Post: ‘When I came to the door, I saw half of a car in my yard. Had I not had the fence up, they would’ve come directly to my house.’
Gary’s younger sister paid tribute to the 22-year-old, saying: ‘He always put others put before himself. and he valued his family a lot.’
Montague’s brother Keith Ford remembered Montague as ‘the best brother you could ask for’, and said the 21-year-old hoped to attend college and pursue a future in forensics.
The front half of the car flew 50 feet, knocked down part of a chain link fence, and ended up in Sadie Yarbrough’s yard (pictured)
A third person in the car fled the scene on foot, although police said it remains unclear whether he was the one driving at the time of the crash. Pictured, an uprooted stop sign