Crash Kills 10-Year-Old Australian Tourist
A 10-year-old girl was killed on Sunday evening in a tragic accident that left her pinned inside a van that crashed on 31st Street and 34th Avenue.
Police said the girl was riding in a 2004 GMC mini van driven by a 61-year-old family member, traveling northbound on 31st Street about 6:40 p.m. on August 7.
The van was struck by a 2009 Nissan Sentra, driven by an unidentified 55-year-old Queens man traveling westbound on 34th Avenue, police said.
The impact was strong enough to tip the van, sending it rolling over and pinning Sabrina Mangos in a rear passenger seat, police and eyewitnesses said.
Firefighters who responded to the scene were forced to use the “Jaws of Life” to remove the girl from the vehicle, an FDNY spokesperson said.
Ten people were injured in the crash, including six members of the girl’s family who were in Queens on a vacation from their hometown of Tennyson, Australia. Others injured in the crash were taken to local hospitals for treatment of injuries.
Sabrina Mangos was taken to Mount Sinai Queens, where she was pronounced dead on arrival, fire officials said.
As of August 8, no one was charged with a crime in connection with the crash and neither driver was summonsed, police said.