NYC man decapitated when he rear-ends a truck during police chase

Witness said driver's head "was in the back seat" after deadly crash while trying to elude police.
By Frances Burns   |   June 26, 2014 at 6:37 PM

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- A New York City driver speeding away from a traffic stop was decapitated when he rear-ended a truck, police said.

Leroy Samuel, 22, who lived in Brooklyn, drove under a flatbed truck Tuesday. His passenger, a 22-year-old woman, survived, although she was taken to a hospital.

Joseph Vega told the New York Post he was cycling to work when he saw a car driving down an exit from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at 70 to 80 miles an hour.

"Highway patrol was chasing him," Vega said. "When I went to see what happened to the driver, he had no head. His head was in the back seat. It was horrible."

Police said Samuel took off when a police officer tried to pull him over for a traffic infraction on the expressway in Brooklyn.

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