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Student loses legs in accident at Utopia Parkway

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Francis Lewis senior Andrew Tsai was in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, his right leg severed and his left leg partially severed, according to reports.

The driver of the mini van, Zongling Zhu, had allegedly been involved in a previous accident five blocks away at 188th Street and 58th Avenue when she sped off, ran a red light and struck another van at the intersection of Utopia Parkway and 58th Avenue, sending both vehicles careening into the student, officials said. The driver of that van was taken to New York Hospital Queens with a broken leg, police said.

Police said Zhu was traveling in excess of 60 mph when the collision occurred.

Zhu was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and running a red light.

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