2006-03-03 / Front Page

Rockaway Teen Killed In Crash

By Elio Velez


Felipe Santos in his Far Rockaway High School varsity baseball uniform during the 2004 season. Santos was killed in a car crash last week.
Felipe Santos in his Far Rockaway High School varsity baseball uniform during the 2004 season. Santos was killed in a car crash last week. A 19-year-old Rockaway man who had been a student-athlete at Far Rockaway High School was killed last week in Cedarhurst when his car skidded off the road, hitting a signpost and then a tree.

According to Nassau County Police sources, Felipe Santos of Gateway Boulevard in Far Rockaway was coming home from work at about 10:06 p.m. Friday, February 24, when he reportedly lost control of his 1999 Mitsubishi and hit the street sign, a fence and then a tree.

Police say that eyewitnesses testified that Santos, who was alone in the car, was traveling at approximately 50 miles per hour in the 30 mile per hour zone when he spun out of control at West Broadway and Arbuckle Avenue.

He was rushed to South Nassau County Hospital in Oceanside, where he was pronounced dead at 1:21 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Santos graduated from Far Rockaway High School last June, after lettering for four years on the school’s baseball team, where he was the starting third baseman as well as a relief pitcher. He was also a mainstay of the school’s wrestling team for three years.

Ken Hernandez, who was the coach of both the Far Rockaway High School baseball and wrestling teams, expressed sadness at Santos’ passing.

“It’s a shame. I’m feeling numb right now,” Hernandez said. “He was such a good kid. He was always a humble kid. Whatever I asked of him, he came through. He worked hard and always gave an effort.”

Detectives from Nassau County are investigating and an autopsy was to be conducted by the county medical examiner.

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