ASTORIA, Queens – An investigation is underway Friday into what caused a sedan to slam into the back of a box truck on the Grand Central Parkway in a middle-of-the-night crash that killed two passengers inside the smaller car.
Officers responded to the scene about 2:40 a.m. Friday near Grand Central Parkway and 31st Street, according to NYPD.
When they arrived, the officers found two unconscious and unresponsive males inside a 2014 Black Hyundai Elantra. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The victims were identified as 32-year-old Eran Felices of Queens, who was driving, and his passenger, 36-year-old David Garcia, of East Harlem.
Police said the sedan was traveling east on the parkway when it collided into the back of a white box truck parked on the right shoulder of the Grand Central Parkway near the 31st Street overpass.
The cause of the deadly collision is still under investigation, but a preliminary probe suggests speed may have been a factor. Investigators are looking into whether the box truck driver may have been trying to back off the parkway, which has a truck restriction.
The driver of the box truck -- identified as a man in his 30s -- remained at the scene. He passed a field sobriety test and determined to have a clean license, officials said. He was taken to a hospital with shoulder pain.
All lanes on the Grand Central Parkway eastbound were blocked for hours. The wreckage was cleared and the roadway reopened by 8:30 a.m.