Early yesterday morning, Africaque Smith and Tiffany Underwood, two corrections officers at Rikers Island, were driving along Kings Highway. At one point, their 2004 Nissan Murano veered off the road and into oncoming traffic. The two women’s car hit an SUV driven by an off-duty police officer. The two were rushed to the nearby Brookdale Hospital and pronounced dead.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 17, 2012
The unidentified officer in the SUV, on the other hand, was rushed to Kings County Hospital and remains in stable condition
Officials are unsure as to how the car lost control around 4:45am. Toxicology reports yet to be seen to figure out if the two were under the influence of some sort of substance. However, a Four Loko can was seen by reporters at the scene, leading officials to suspect that the hellish drink was involved. Also, after reviewing the crash, authorities are unsure as to who was driving but it has been confirmed that neither were wearing seat belts.
“An untimely death is always a tragedy and often feels more so during the holiday season,” Department of Corrections Comissioner Dora Schriro said. “I speak for everyone when I extend heartfelt condolences to our two officers’ families, friends and co-workers.”
The two had been working at RIkers for some time; Smith since 2006 and Underwood since 2009. They had left work at 5:30pm the night before and why they were driving that late at night together has yet to be seen.