114th Pct.: Collision Investigation

COLLISION INVESTIGATION – At 10:37 p.m. on April 4, police responded to a 911 call of a car in the water at 19th Avenue and 37th Street.

Upon arrival, responding officers discovered an automobile submerged in Steinway Creek and a male, later identified as the driver of the car, stating that there were four people in the car. FDNY divers arrived on the scene and extricated two men and two women from the vehicle.

The passengers in the vehicle were removed to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead. The passengers were identified as Darius Fletcher, 21, of East Elmhurst; Jada Butts, 19, of East Elmhurst; Crystal Gravely, 19, of East Elmhurst; and Jaleel Furtado, 20, of East Elmhurst.

The driver of the automobile was removed to a local hospital for evaluation and was listed in stable condition, according to a police report.

A preliminary investigation determined that the vehicle, a 2009 Honda Accord, was traveling westbound on 19th Avenue when it hit the curb and rolled over into the bay. The investigation is ongoing, conducted by the NYPD Highway Collision Investigation Squad.