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1 dead as crash shuts down LIE in Queens

January 2, 2013 8:13:54 AM PST
A fatal accident on the Long Island Expressway shut down the highway in Queens early Wednesday.

All eastbound lanes were closed near 108th Street after a car overturned, killing the front-seat passenger.

The cause of the accident, which happened around 4 a.m., was under investigation. Police say the 39-year-old driver, identified as Ricardo Rivas, struck a median near the 108th Street exit. Carlos Rivas, 27, was pronounced dead on arrival at Booth Memorial Hospital.

Three additional passengers in the back were transported to Elmhurst General Hospital in stable condition. Ricardo Rivas was arrested at the scene and is charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated.

All lanes reopened just before 6 a.m.

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