Two people were killed in separate early morning crashes on the BQE and Van Wyck Parkway. A man driving a BMW had been speeding on the Van Wyck in Queens around 2:15 a.m.—he lost control of his car when he attempted to exit at Atlantic Ave., and ended up crashing into a tree in front of Jamaica Hospital. The car burst into flames, killing the driver. A witness told a nearby a Gourmet Deli cashier that "he saw him doing about 80 on the freeway as he was passing by him. He said he didn't even slow down when he came off the ramp, then he hit the tree.”

The car slammed into a blue postal service mail drop box—knocking it out of the ground—before hitting the tree in front of the Jamaica Pavilion for Nursing and Rehabilitation near the corner of 91st Street. The driver, who hasn't been identified yet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a separate incident, a motorcyclist was killed after rear-ending a street sweeping truck on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The accident happened around 2:30 a.m., on the eastbound side of the BQE near the Queens Boulevard exit when traffic slowed for another accident. “When he hit me he actually moved the truck. He pushed it forward. My foot was on the brake,” the shaken sweeper driver, 70-year-old Pearlie Felder, told the Daily News. The motorcyclist was also pronounced dead at the scene.