Updated 07/12/2012 05:24 PM
Driver Dies After Car Slams Into Bronx Building
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A driver in the Bronx was killed and a passenger seriously injured early Thursday morning after their vehicle slammed into a building.
It happened just before 1 a.m. in the Westchester Square neighborhood.
Police say Gilbert Alfonso, 49, was driving a Honda Accord and lost control of the car as he was making a left turn from East Tremont Avenue.
The vehicle slammed into a building on Overing Street, breaking through the brick wall of a sign shop.
Alfonso was pronounced dead and his 30-year-old female passenger was taken to Jacobi Medical Center.
"I was in the house on my way to sleep and it shook me out of my sleep, me and my daughter," said one neighborhood resident.
"It sounded like a fire...like one of those big bomb things. And I didn't pay attention to it, I didn't know there was a car going in through there," said another resident.
The building's landlord - who only gave his first name as Jerry - says he feels bad for the tenants who live above the store.
The Department of Buildings says first- and second-floor tenants were evacuated and not allowed back in again until the agency inspects the building after the car is removed.
"I was sad, sad for the people you know that things happen and for them that they had to move out in the middle of the night," said the building's landlord.
Investigators say the driver had taken his fatal turn the wrong way down a one-way street, something residents say they see too often.
"As a resident you have to wonder. There are little kids here," said one concerned resident.
No criminal charges were expected to be filed.