Brooklyn car crash leaves 2 corrections officers dead on Kings Highway; 1 off-duty police officer hurt

Posted at 10:11 PM, Dec 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-17 00:48:38-05

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) — Police are investigating a violent early morning crash in East Flatbush that ended the lives of two female corrections officers and landed an off-duty cop in the hospital.

Investigators say the two-car crash happened some time around 4:45 a.m. Sunday on Kings Highway, between Snyder and Church avenues. That’s when the corrections officer behind the wheel of a Nissan Murano heading north on the highway, lost control, crossed into the southbound lanes and plowed into the passenger side of a grey Ford Explorer. According to a report on 1010WINS, it was being driven by a 23-year-old male, off-duty NYPD cop.


He’s listed in stable condition at Kings County Hospital Center in Flatbush; the corrections officers died on the way to Brookdale Hospital.

DOC Commissioner Dora Schriro issued this statement Sunday morning to 1010 WINS: “This morning all of the men and women of the NYC Department Of Correction are mourning the deaths of CO Tiffany Underwood, 31, and CO Africaque Smith, 43.  An untimely death is always a tragedy and often feels more so during the holiday season.  I speak for everyone when I extend heartfelt condolences to our two officers’ families, friends and coworkers.”

HIGHWAY CRASH1Meanwhile, police are trying to determine if drugs, alcohol or excessive speed could’ve contributed to the accident. An Elmo doll and a bloody makeup bag littered the crash site, where crews worked to clean it up and remove the badly damaged SUV’s.

Someone at the scene expressed empathy and sorrow for the victims, saying “They must have family, how are they going to feel?”