Drag racer dies as speeding car splits in two after hitting a pole and bursts into flames
Jesus Montenegro-Posada was driving a black Honda Civic and reportedly died after he lost control of the vehicle and slammed it into a pole
A drag racer from Queens who was killed in a horrific crash early on Sunday after his speeding car slammed into a poll reportedly documented his final hours in a video posted on social media, according to reports.
The victim, identified as Jesus Montenegro-Posada and who was called "Mello" by his friends, was driving a black Honda Civic and reportedly lost control of the vehicle and slammed it into a traffic-light pole near the corner of Review Avenue and Van Dam Street in Sunnyside, Queens, according to police. The racer's car twisted around the pole and torn in half by the impact and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the New York Post reported.
One of Mello's friends, Charles Augustine, said: "He’s a tuner, a car tuner. He tuned Hondas."
A Queens drag racer was killed early this morning in a fiery wreck after his speeding car slammed into a pole, police said https://t.co/zEkwHQoOoN— New York Post (@nypost) October 21, 2018
Augustine, a 50-year-old truck driver from Elmhurst Queens, drove to the scene Sunday morning and picked up a piece of the wreckage to keep as a memento. The truck driver added that his friend was a good guy and was very popular with the racing crowd in the region.
"Everyone called him Mello. He was heavily into the racing scene and pretty popular with the racing crowd. I’ve known him about two years. He was a nice guy, a good guy. He had very broken English, he was an immigrant," Augustine said of his late friend.
The authorities believe that Montenegro-Posada had uploaded a video showing his final moments on Instagram, and the video allegedly shows cars racing through the streets of Sunnyside. According to witnesses, the crash occurred at 1 am as his car got wedged between a phone pole and a light stand and burst into flames.
Montenegro-Posada's friends and family described him as an avid racer and car tuner. The victim's Instagram page includes exclusive pictures of auto parts and cars in multiple stages of detailing. "His passion fixing cars, making them run fast, he was doing that for a living," said his stepfather Nelson Velasquez, according to ABC News.
The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is still investigating the cause of the crash.