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Backseat passenger in fiery Bronx crash dies from his injuries

2019-09-19

A backseat passenger who suffered serious head injuries in a fiery single-car crash in the Bronx has died, police said Thursday.

Rohan Saunds, 22, passed away at the hospital Monday after sustaining massive head and chest wounds in the Sept. 9 crash on the Bronx River Parkway in Allerton, cops said.

Saunds, of Baychester, was in the rear passenger seat of the white Mercedes Benz as it sped southbound on the Bronx River Parkway near Exit 8, when the 21-year-old driver lost control of the wheel and lurched onto a grassy median, police said.

The vehicle slammed into a metal guard rail, horrified witnesses told police, before bursting into flames.

Emergency responders managed to pull all four passengers from the mangled car and rush them to Jacobi Medical Center where the driver was treated for neck and back injuries. The 21-year-old front passenger and 22-year-old rear passenger also sustained minor injuries.

The driver was issued three violations for speeding, police said.