Grisly fatal crash leaves car mangled around tree in Brooklyn

April 4, 2013 5:08:32 AM PDT
A car careened into a tree in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn early Thursday, leaving a grisly scene and snarling traffic.

The driver in the apparent high-speed crash was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The vehicle struck the tree on Kings Highway near Beverly Road just before 4:30 a.m.

The wreckage was wrapped around the tree.

The victim has not been identified, and authorities will only say he was a 22-year-old off-duty police officer.

Kings Highway was closed for the police investigation.