2012-03-16 / Front Page

CBB Gauntlet Claims Another



The trees and utility poles along Cross Bay Boulevard claimed another life on Saturday, March 10, when Robert Aleca, 23, of Ridgewood, Brooklyn lost control of his 2005 Nissan Altima at about 7:06 a.m. and hit first a tree and then a utility pole. Police say that Aleca was driving southbound towards Rockaway at East 1st Road in Broad Channel when the car went airborne, flipped and hit both the tree and the pole. The crippled Altima came to rest on its top and Aleca had to be cut out of the totaled car. He was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Police sources say that the case remains open and is being investigated by the Highway Accident Investigation Squad. There have been several fatal accidents on that stretch of road in recent years, and the city has said that it would place Jersey Barriers along the road to reduce those fatalities. The trees and utility poles along Cross Bay Boulevard claimed another life on Saturday, March 10, when Robert Aleca, 23, of Ridgewood, Brooklyn lost control of his 2005 Nissan Altima at about 7:06 a.m. and hit first a tree and then a utility pole. Police say that Aleca was driving southbound towards Rockaway at East 1st Road in Broad Channel when the car went airborne, flipped and hit both the tree and the pole. The crippled Altima came to rest on its top and Aleca had to be cut out of the totaled car. He was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Police sources say that the case remains open and is being investigated by the Highway Accident Investigation Squad. There have been several fatal accidents on that stretch of road in recent years, and the city has said that it would place Jersey Barriers along the road to reduce those fatalities.

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Good old fashion speed traps

Good old fashion speed traps and of course speed limit signs could help.

I drive along that road at

I drive along that road at least twice a day, sometimes late at night and early in the morning. Often I feel like a snail driving at 50 miles an hour, while cars zip past me going 80 miles an hour. There needs to be more enforcement of the speed limit and also as we got near to the summer, it might not be a bad idea to have spot road blocks to check for DUIs.

From the story it is hard to

From the story it is hard to say what lead to this inexplicable crash. The road where this accident happened is flat, straight and was clear and dry at the time. Asleep at the wheel? Speeding? Was a substance involved? Youth, inexperience? It will be determined. Condolences to the family, whatever the cause, in this instance it is they who are suffering the most.


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