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July 16, 2019

Survivors of four-car wreck with two DWI suspects happy to be alive, mad at reckless behavior

February 12, 2019
Police investigate after a serious multi-car accident on the northbound New England Thruway near Baychester Avenue in the Bronx on Sunday night. (Gardiner Anderson for New York Daily News)

A Bronx woman, between prayers for her critically-injured husband’s recovery, blasted two boozed-up street racers busted for plowing into their car as the couple took a Sunday evening night shopping trip.

“Terrible … Drunk people who are drinking, using drugs, have to be careful with other people’s lives,” said Norma Carlos, 58, who escaped largely unscathed from the terrifying Sunday evening wreck.


“They’re stupid …. they could have lost a life,” she told the Daily News. “For what? For fun?”

Her husband Jorge Carlos, 68, remained hospitalized Tuesday at the Jacobi Medical Center with an assortment of injuries including broken ribs, a lower back fracture and internal bleeding. His spleen was removed after the four-vehicle wreck.

Cops arrested a pair of alleged drunken drivers after the chain-reaction crash in the northbound lanes of the New England Thruway, started by the alleged speedsters at the wheels of two street-racing BMWs.

The Bronx couple was headed to a nearby Kmart to buy paint brushes and antifreeze when they were rear-ended.

Jahmeik White, 23, of the Bronx, and Christopher Coates, 31, of Peekskill, Westchester County, were both charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. Cops say White’s BWM plowed into the back of Carlos’ Kia sedan to set off the crash near Co-op City.

Norma Carlos said she was knocked unconscious, and awoke to find a paramedic on the scene. Her husband was rushed by ambulance to the Bronx hospital after the 7:10 p.m. wreck.

“I saw my husband on (an ambulance gurney),” said Norma Carlos. “He was screaming. He was bleeding.”

Norma said their frantic adult daughter planned to visit with her dad as soon as possible as he recovered from his assortment of injuries.

“She’s crying. She wants to see daddy,” said her mother.

A tube in his mouth makes it impossible for Jorge Carlos to speak, though he’s able to understand what’s going on when people address him.

“Oh my God, it’s something you never expect,” she said. “Thank God we’re alive. I hope my husband can continue his life, healthy, successful in the name of God.”

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