A woman was killed late Sunday night in New Springville, Staten Island after the driver of a silver sedan crashed into a pole on Richmond avenue, ejecting 19-year-old Alize Jorge from the vehicle. Another passenger was present during this horrific accident and has been placed in critical condition at Staten Island University Hospital. The 18-year-old woman has not yet been identified.
Richmond Avenue has always been somewhat of a danger zone, particularly late at night when the accident took place, as drivers tend to be more reckless. The driver, identified as 22-year-old, Hasim Smith, was reportedly trying to run a red light at the intersection of Richmond Ave and Richmond Hill Road, quickly losing control of the car as he attempted to swerve past another vehicle on the road that was making a left turn.
The passenger of that car, 19-year-old, Justin Elnahrawy, told the Staten Island Advance that “[The driver] was going really fast, man. You know a car is going fast when you hear the zoom,” then went on to describe what happened to the passengers, which includes an all-too vivid and horrific scene.
Upon crashing into the traffic control post at the intersection, Jorge was ejected from the car and was found unconscious on the pavement nearby, while the other passenger was thrown to the rear of the car and was also found unresponsive.
Jorge was tragically pronounced dead at around 11:30 PM, shortly after the crash had taken place, which comes as a devastating shock to her family, friends, and acquaintances that have taken to Twitter and Facebook to pay their respects.
As for the driver, Smith is being charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal accident, but nothing further has been announced. It is believed that alcohol was not a factor in the accident, but still the death of this young girl remains a travesty and a terrifying reminder to always be aware on the roads and to buckle up.
As a Staten Island resident, it is always petrifying when an accident of this magnitude, let alone any accident happens right outside of your door. Condolences go out to the family of the young woman that has passed and the victim that is fighting for her life.