Girl, 10, killed in tragic Queens accident

August 7, 2011 8:12:31 PM PDT
A tragic ending to the weekend in Queens after a 10-year-old girl was killed in an automobile accident.

It happened at 31st Avenue and 34th Street in Astoria on Sunday night.

Sabrina Mangos of Tennyson, Australia was a passenger in a van when it was involved in an accident with another vehicle.

The van flipped on its side, pinning the Mangos inside.

Witnesses ran to help the girl and tried to lift the van to free her.

Unfortunately, she did not survive.

"We think like it was our daughter. It was very sad," rescuer Bashkin Menhetan said.

Menhetan says that's how he and a handful of people found the superhuman strength to lift the full size van, turn it upright and pull out the girl who was trapped inside within seconds of hearing the impact.

"It was a big sound. A boom. We tried to rescue. I hit my head. Break the windows the glass," Menhetan said.

Witnesses say the van and a silver Nissan collided.

It crushed the front end of the Nissan and catupulted the van onto its side.

The driver of the car paced at that scene speechless.

"There was a family in this van. It was a very, very bad accident," eyewitness Alan Mushraful said.

"It's not easy in a moment like that, you don't know what to do. We were able to lift the car," rescuer Leandro Lopez said.

"She was quiet. She wasn't screaming. She was just bleeding," rescuer Miller Bermeo said.

A 13-year-old was also hurt and was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital with head trauma.