Five killed in New Year’s Day crash in Queens identified. Three were cousins.

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By Dan Sears

Five people killed in a two-vehicle crash on New Year’s Day in Queens have been identified by police, and three of them were related, according to a report.

Police said three of the victims — 19-year-old Dayanara Benitez-Ocampo, 23-year-old Salma Garcia-Diaz and 30-year-old Mario Ocampo — shared an address in Flushing. A relative told the New York Daily News the three were cousins.

A fourth passenger in the same vehicle was identified as 20-year-old Jordy Bentances, who also lived in Queens. The Daily News reported he was the boyfriend of Benitez-Ocampo.

The fifth victim was the driver of the vehicle in which all of the victims were traveling, identified as 24-year-old Kazeem Ramsahai of North Carolina.

Police said Ramsahai was attempting to exit the Cross Island Parkway near the entrance to Whitestone Bridge shortly before 6 a.m. when his vehicle, a Mazda, struck the center median, flipped over, and struck a Honda SUV.

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The driver of the second car survived and was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens in critical but stable condition.

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