Driver cuffed 10 months after fatal Flatlands crash

Woman dead after fatal Flatlands car crash: Police
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Cops cuffed a 20-year-old driver who killed an 63-year-old woman in a March crash in Flatlands. 

Patricia Lancaster was driving on E. 56th Street at 4:40 pm on March 3, 2019, when the suspect smashed his 2007 Nissan Maxima into her grey Chevy as she crossed Avenue J. Investigators now believe that the driver blew a red light and was speeding at the time of the collision, cops said.  

Paramedics found Lancaster with severe trauma to her torso and transferred her to Mount Sinai Brooklyn Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to cops. 

The driver, who was 19 at the time of the crash, stayed at the scene and was not initially charged. He now faces charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, three counts of speeding and two traffic violations for blowing a red light and a stop sign.