Speed killed again on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn early Sunday when a 31-year-man lost control of his car and crashed into a tree — tearing his vehicle into pieces.
The crash occurred at 12:21 a.m. on Nov. 22 when the driver of the recent model Infiniti, traveling at a high rate of speed, left the westbound parkway, just past exit 9 at Knapp Street in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, where the vehicle struck a large tree.
The car was ripped in two, leaving the engine block near the tree and the car sitting on the grass about 30 feet away. The catalytic converter flew out of the wrecked sedan and struck a vehicle parked about 100 feet away.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene and extricated the severely injured driver from what was left of his vehicle. Paramedics rushed him to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police have identified the victim as Jason Rivera, 31, of Shore Parkway in Canarsie.
The Belt Parkway’s westbound lanes were shut for several hours as members of the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad combed through the wreckage.
The windshield of the vehicle ended up 20 feet from the vehicle, where cops were able to get registration information.
This particular area has been known for numerous crashes in the past as the Belt takes a sharp curve just past the Knapp Street overpass. Speeding vehicles have been involved in numerous crashes, overturns and incidents with other vehicles because of drivers traveling at high speeds at this area.
Highway Patrol officers have been known to stop drivers at this point for speeding.