A car crash at a Queens high school left two people dead early Sunday. NY1's Matt McClure filed this report.
A charred shell is all that's left of the 2001 Nissan Maxima police say burst into flames early Easter Sunday morning.
Investigators say the driver was heading eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway Service Road in front of Thomas Edison High School at about 4:30 a.m.
Eyewitnesses told police the car was speeding, lost control and slammed into this construction scaffolding before catching fire.
The driver and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
"It's sad," says one witness.
Neelam Kahn lives in Jamaica Hills, not far from where the accident happened.
She says this Easter tragedy makes her worry for her children's safety.
"As a parent, especially my kid, you know he's a little bit—he needs more attention—so I'm like worried about him if there is traffic that's going too fast. We usually take a bike ride around this area," Kahn says.
"We play soccer here on Saturdays and Sundays, and we normally see cars speeding on this roadway," says area resident Marlon Edmond.
Area residents told me that, while traffic does travel too fast on a lot of the neighborhood streets here in Jamaica Hills, the traffic on this particular street where this accident happened has been slowing down recently because drivers are aware the city has recently installed this new traffic camera.
"It deters the cars from speeding," Edmond says.
“Usually people are very cautious because there is a school over there. I take that road daily and I've never seen very fast traffic over there," Kahn says.
Khan says she hopes the accident serves as a wake-up call for speeding drivers.
"It might be nothing for you, you might just want to save a few minutes. But somebody died over there. It's very sad," she says.