2007-01-26 / Front Page

Head-On Crash Kills One, Sends Five To Hospital

By Howard Schwach


The 1993 Nissan Altima in which Taquan Miller died and three others were injured last Friday in a head-on collision on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.The 1993 Nissan Altima in which Taquan Miller died and three others were injured last Friday in a head-on collision on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. One man was killed and five others were treated at area hospitals last week after two cars collided head-on in Edgemere, police said.

The deadly accident happened shortly before midnight last Friday, January 19, at the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 49 Street. Taquan Miller, 25, of 71-15 Beach Channel Drive, was driving westbound on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at about 11:48 p.m. on Friday, January 19, when his 1993 Nissan Altima collided head-on with a 2002 Toyota Camry driven by 23-year-old Gregory Clark of Rockaway.

Miller was transported to the Peninsula Hospital Center, where Dr. Jeanne Franks, pronounced him dead at 2:24 a.m. Saturday. The three passengers in his vehicle were also injured.

Daquan Miller, 18, the front seat passenger, suffered a collapsed lung. He was transported to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he remains in stable condition. Alisha Harrison, 24, one of the passengers in the rear seat, was transported to the Peninsula Hospital Center with a fractured skull, where she is reported as in stable condition and Sierra Gordon, 19, the other rear seat passenger, was transported to Mary Immaculate Hospital with a fractured leg.

This 2002 Toyota Camry was the other car involved in the crash. Two people were injured and the driver was given two moving violations by police at the scene.This 2002 Toyota Camry was the other car involved in the crash. Two people were injured and the driver was given two moving violations by police at the scene. Clark, the driver of the other car, suffered a fractured leg as did his passenger, Burnham Clark, 52. Both were transported to Jamaica Hospital where they were treated and released.

Police would not speculate as to which car crossed the center line into the path of the other. Clark, who suffered a fractured ankle, was given two summonses at the scene: one for driving an uninsured vehicle and the other for driving an unregistered vehicle. Monica Clark, who was not in the car at the time of the collision, is listed as the owner of the Toyota.

Sources said the cars collided with such force that they wound up on the curb on the south side of Rockaway Beach Boulevard - nearly a block from the site of the initial impact.

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