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Driver Alive After Severe Crash South Ozone Park

A 25 year old driver is lucky to be alive after crashing his car into a tree  in South Ozone Park. The occurred on North Conduit Avenue near 120th Street around 3:40 a.m. Sunday morning.

The driver was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he remains in  stable condition after doctors operated on him. The photos of the vehicle at the scene show the car wrapped around a tree, facing the wrong way on the one-way, with no rooftop or doors.

According to NYPD data, North Conduit Avenue between 120th and 121st streets has been the scene of 14 crashes this year, injuring three, two car occupants, and one pedestrian.

Queens DWI crash

Possible Reckless driving and speeding in Queens crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation

Speed and under the influence wreck

Car wreckage indicates speeding in early morning Queens crash.

Conduit Avenue Crashes 2015:

  • Man, 41, dies after crashing car into tree in Queens: police – July 13, 2015
  • 12 Injured After MTA Bus Crashes Into House In Queens … – Oct 4, 2015
  • Passenger, 21, killed in Queens crash – Aug 10, 2015
  • Queens crash kills one woman, injures several kids – May 26, 2015

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists should be aware that Conduit Avenue is dangerous and prone to crashes. Conduit Avenue, especially between Cross Bay BLVD in Howard Beach and Atlantic Avenue in Cypress Hills, serves as a thoroughfare between SE Queens & Brooklyn.

Drivers also use it to access Linden Boulevard and the Belt Parkway. Conduit Avenue has no no bike lanes along the thoroughfare with reports of drivers speeding along the street.

Statistics show that in 2009 and 2013, seven people were killed and 41 were severely injured in accidents along that stretch of Conduit Avenue. A total of 763 people were injured including 42 pedestrians and 13 bicyclists, according to the Department of Transportation. Conduit Avenue – Read more ..

Helen Marszalek, 70, was walking across Atlantic at Grant Avenue,  in East New York, Brooklyn at around 1:30 in the afternoon when she was struck by the driver of a BMW sedan in the westbound lanes. Marszalek, who lived nearby, died at Brookdale University Hospital, DNAinfo reported.

Woman, 70, fatally struck by car

Helen Marszalek.

The crash occurred on a segment of Atlantic that the de Blasio administration has singled out for improvements as part of the Vision Zero Great Streets program, which concentrates on four of the city’s most dangerous streets for walking: Atlantic Avenue, Queens Boulevard, Grand Concourse, and Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue.

Atlantic Avenue at the site of the crash is six lanes with a center median. Last summer DOT unveiled plans to redesign medians and add vehicle turn bays between Pennsylvania Avenue and Conduit Avenue, to the west, where the crash rate is higher than on 90 percent of Brooklyn streets. Phase two of the project would focus on Atlantic between Conduit Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard, encompassing the intersection where Marszalek was killed.

NYC DOT Extends Anti-speeding Campaign with New Locations For Speed Boards

Radar devices, including boards with skeleton images, display vehicle speeds to underscore the City’s 30 mph speed limit and the dangers of speeding

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the relocation of speed boards to new sites citywide, extending the reach of a vital safety message that calls dramatic attention to the city’s 30 m.p.h. speed limit and the fatal consequences of speeding.

DOT introduced speed boards this spring as part of its “That’s Why It’s 30” anti-speeding campaign, temporarily installing them along corridors with histories of excessive speeding.

In addition to traditional speed boards that display oncoming vehicles’ speeds, DOT unveiled specialized ones that display an LED image of a skeleton next to the words “Slow Down” if a passing motorist exceeds the speed limit.

Skeleton speed boards currently are stationed at Beverly Road between East 28th and East 29th streets and Dahill Road between 52nd and 53rd streets in Brooklyn; Hillside Avenue between 248th and 249th streets and Utopia Parkway between 67th and Peck avenues in Queens; and Hylan Boulevard between Buffalo Street and Chesterton Avenue in Staten Island. Traditional speed boards are now located at Linden Boulevard between Warwick and Jerome streets in Brooklyn; Targee Street between Venice Street and Clove Road and Mosel Avenue between Osgood Avenue and Manton Place in Staten Island; Webster Avenue between 194th Street and Bedford Park Boulevard and Hutchinson River Parkway East between Wilkinson and St. Paul avenues in the Bronx; and Fifth Avenue between 132nd and 135th streets in Manhattan. Read More

The speed boards will continue to be rotated to new locations each month to curb excessive speeding. Future locations for speed boards include Utica Avenue between Avenue L and Avenue M, 21st Avenue between 53rd and 57th streets, and Shore Parkway at Knapp Street in Brooklyn; Richmond Avenue between Arthur Kill Road and Victory Boulevard in Staten Island; 172nd Street between 107th and Liberty avenues and North Conduit Avenue between Sutter Avenue and 76th Street in Queens; Bruckner Boulevard between Longwood Avenue and East 156th Street and Lafayette Avenue between East Tremont and Balcom avenues in the Bronx, and Broadway between Dongan Place and Arden Street in Manhattan.

The use of speed boards builds on a growing portfolio of safety tools designed to educate New Yorkers about the safety benefits of the city’s 30 m.p.h. speed limit. In DOT’s Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, focus groups showed that more than two-thirds of New Yorker’s did not know the 30 m.p.h. speed limit in the city. DOT’s “That’s Why It’s 30” advertising campaign was developed to build awareness and change behavior.

Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident Lawyer weighs in on DOTS Anti-speeding Campaign. “raising safety awareness among drivers, and pedestrians by highlighting the danger of speeding is just another step to reducing the number of pedestrian / driver injuries and fatalities” says Mr. Ajlouny.

“New York streets are congested with distracted drivers, possibly under the influence or in a rush to get from one place to another as seen on a main street like Conduit Avenue.

I stand by any attempt to keep pedestrians safe while walking; like crosswalks, pedestrian signals, and pedestrian warning signs. Hopefully, this campaign can educate New Yorker’s about what to look for, what to expect and how to proceed in an attempt to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities and achieve greater pedestrian safety.” said Mr. Ajlouny.

If a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling 40 m.p.h. or faster, there’s a 70% chance that the pedestrian will be killed; at 30 m.p.h., there’s an 80% chance that the pedestrian will live.

Bronx single-car-crash leaves driver dead

Bronx single-car-crash leaves driver dead and passenger with broken arm and leg. The single-car accident happened on the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx early Wednesday, according to officials.

1 dead, 1 injured in Bruckner Expressway crash

1 dead, 1 injured in Bruckner Expressway crash – According to officials, speed cause

Wendell Cheeseboro, of the Bronx, was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger north-bound on the Bruckner near Exit 52 in Hunts Point about 3:20 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the median.

Police indicate that Cheeseboro was speeding at the time of the accident.

Emergency crews rushed Cheeseboro to Jacobi Hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

Bronx: Coca Cola Truck Hits Scaffolding Kills 1 injures 6

Bronx: Bruckner blvd, & 138 st, Coca Cola Truck Hit Scaffolding and Pedestrian, 1 female pedestrian DOA, 6 other injured.

Coka Cola Truck Kills pedestrian injures 6 others.

Bronx: Coca Cola Truck Hits Scaffolding Kills Pedestrian Injures 6 Others

One women in her 30s was killed and six others injured after a crash involving a Coca Cola truck in the Bronx.

The fatal crash happened at about 3:20 p.m. on East 138th Street near Bruckner Boulevard in the Port Morris section of the borough.

The six people injured were being assessed by EMS workers, but were reported to have minor injuries.

Witnesses reported people coming out of work when they were struck by the Coca Cola truck. It was reported that the driver of the truck  had tried to avoid another vehicle when it lost control and slammed into a building.

The woman struck was underneath the truck after it stopped.

This is still a developing story.

Paul Ajlouny, New York personal injury lawyer weighs in on this tragic accident. “Truck drivers are know to work long hours and are on a strict schedule to complete their delivery in a timely manner. This results in in taking shortcuts often leading to negligence. Take into account maneuvering through New York City Streets.

Under New York law, a trucking company can be held liable for the negligence of its drivers. In this case a pedestrian was killed. Odds are Coca Cola will be held liable.” Say’s Paul Ajlouny.

“The truck jumped the curb,  couldn’t stop, hitting a women and injuring six other people. There will be certain factors that will be taken into account when determining fault; speed being an important factor.

The most important question: Could the Coca Cola driver have stopped in time — before hitting the pedestrians?” suggests Paul Ajlouny.

Truck Accident Statistics

Statistics show that the death toll in truck-involved crashes rose 17 percent from 2009 to 2013. Fatalities in truck-involved crashes have risen four years in a row, reaching 3,964 in 2013, the latest data available. Those crashes are killing not only car drivers but also, during 2013 alone, 586 people who were truck drivers or passengers.

Brooklyn Explosion: 13 Ave – 42 St.

Brooklyn: 13 Ave – 42 St. @FDNY Fire Marshals inspecting the collapsed building’s from the gas explosion

Update Brooklyn Explosion:

A second body was pulled Monday from the rubble of the Borough Park building that collapsed from a gas explosion that left one woman dead and another missing, according to officials.

Franchezka Figueroa, 47, a mother of three, lived on the second floor of 4206 13th Ave., near 42nd Street, and has not been seen since the blast on 1 p.m. Saturday, officials and family members said.

Third-floor tenant Ligia Puello, 64, was found in a stairwell and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Thirteen people were injured; three of which were treated at Methodist Hospital, including one person who suffered critical injuries.

There is speculation that Figueroa’s stove could be the cause of this horrific explosion.

Figueroa is said to have purchased a high-end stove. As she moved moved out of the apartment and were going to take that stove with them,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

“[That] leads us, preliminary, to look in that direction as the cause of the explosion.”

Speed Cameras New York City

Speed Cameras and the City

Officials won’t say where they’ve placed NYC’s controversial speed cameras.
But based on where and when tickets were issued, about half of them appear to be in fixed locations.
The rest are mounted on city vehicles and rove from place to place.

In 2014,

  • 471,625 speeding tickets were issued by speed cameras.
    (Compared to 117,767 speeding tickets issued by officers.)
  • Speeding cameras issued $23,581,250 in fines.
  • Vehicle crashes near cameras declined 3.9%
  • Crashes with injuries near cameras declined 13.4% *

Man Struck By City Bus in Freak Accident 06:29AM BRONX

In a freak and sad accident this Friday early morning a man is killed as he stumbles out of a his car right into the path of a city bus in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.

According to sources the 23-year-old Bronx man, who had just left an Inwood club, told his livery driver that he needed to vomit while on West 231 Street just after 2:30 a.m. The man opened the back door of the livery car and vomited.

A passing bus driver told police he spotted the man and veered to get out his way. But the man then stumbled out of the livery car and was hit by the bus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

bus strikes man in the Bronx

Man stuck/killed in crosswalk on Kingsbridge Ave and W231 Street in Bronx.

A Fathers Story: Son Struck by SUV in Forest Hills, Queens, NY.

A Fathers Recollection of His Son being Struck by an SUV in Forest Hills, Queens, NY.

Yesterday was a crazy day for my family. My 13-year-old son, Aneil, was involved in a car accident, he was hit by an SUV in Forest Hills, Queens. When I received the phone call from an unknown number, I was going to ignore it, but something told me to answer this one. When I picked up the call, it was my son informing me that he was hit by a car. At first, I thought it was some sort of a joke or something; my initial reaction was that of disbelief. Once I realized that this wasn’t a joke I really didn’t know what my first steps should be. I kind of froze, but I regained my clarity after a moment, and I knew that I had to get to where my son was and I had to get there fast.

SUV hits child in Forest Hills Queens

A Dad’s Story: Son Struck By SUV in Forest Hills, Queens.

You see the accident happened while he was over at a friend’s house. They went outside to hang out and in the process of playing on the streets as teenagers do, my son jumped into the street, and an oncoming vehicle hit him. He was side swiped and sent flying to the ground. Fortunately, he was not hurt too badly; he got a few bumps, scrapes, bruises, and he was a bit shaken up, but he wasn’t severely injured. When I arrived on the scene, I was immediately invited to enter the ambulance where my son was. I was asked if I wanted to take him to the hospital for an examination, or if I wanted to walk away and take him home. Obviously, I opted to go to the hospital to make sure that everything was okay. You can never be too careful when it comes to these types of accidents. We went to a hospital in Long Island where he was examined by several physicians and had some x-rays done. The doctors eventually determined that he would be okay and could come home.

His mother met us at the hospital, and understandably she was freaking out. She was upset, and she was looking to place blame. As is the case with me most of the time, people can’t understand how I can remain calm and collected during these types of situations. The thing is, that though I may appear calm and collected from the outside, I’m just as scared and worried as anybody else would be on the inside. However, I recognize that I have to keep my cool; I have to stay focused, and I have to get things done. If I lose my head in a situation where everyone else is losing their heads, then things will not be accomplished, and this will only make matters worst. So yes, I may appear as though I am calm, but the fact of the matter is that I am aware that a cool head is best for my son’s safety. If I panic, and I freak out, then my son will not get the treatment that he needs and things will not be handled correctly. In my mind, there is a time for panicking and freaking out, but as the person everyone depends on, that time is not during a crisis. That time is not when your son needs you to be there, and to take care of him, to protect him, and to make sure that he’s okay.

So no, I am not made of steel, I’ve had a headache for the last two days, and I am certain that this headache is due to the stress of this whole situation. However, at that moment when I was needed, I performed my duties as a father and as the caretaker of my child. I cannot afford to lose my cool; I cannot afford to lose my focus, and I cannot afford to be an emotional mess during the time when I am needed to perform. Perhaps it was my time in the military that gave me this focus? Perhaps it is my civilian job on the trading floor where I have to remain calm that gives me this focus? Hell, maybe I’m just one seriously screwed up individual? I don’t know what it is, but it is what it is.

The accident happened yesterday, and since getting to the ER last night I have had a massive headache, and I’ve felt this physical drain to my body. I think the magnitude of this situation is finally hitting me, now that I know everything is okay in terms of my son safety, maybe that is what is happening to me. Maybe the realization that now I have to ensure that the driver’s insurance covers the massive medical bills is starting to hit me. Obviously, this was not one of my concerns yesterday when addressing my son’s well-being, but it is there, and it will have to be addressed.

I don’t know my friends, but I assure you that I am a human being just like you. I love my son, and don’t let the fact that I kept my cool, or that I appeared calm fool you. It is 3 AM in the morning, and I’m running to the bathroom with discomfort in my stomach. I still have a pounding headache, and though one may think by looking at me that I’m perfectly fine, ladies and gentlemen these things catch up with all of us. In life, we have to do what we have to do, and if that requires remaining calm so that we can take care of our family, then that is what we must do.

My son is on his second day home resting. He’s a little banged up, but his spirits and mood seem to be ok. He’s still himself and doesn’t appear traumatized by the event. We all recognize how lucky we have been on this one, and we are thankful to God and all those that offered their prayers and support. My son understands now, more than ever that he must exercise great caution when walking or running through the streets.


Bryant Park, Tree Falls, Several Injured

Breaking, Bryant Park, NY Tree Falls Injuring Several People

Like a scene out of a horror movie, while sitting enjoying a summer day, several people were injured when a tree branch fell at Bryant Park Friday afternoon, according to officials.

Tree Falls Bryant Park

Fallen Tree Injures 5 In Bryant Park

The tree branch fell in a park seating area near 40th Street and Fifth Avenue around 4 p.m.

It’s been reported one person was wheeled out of the park on a stretcher.

Flatbush Brooklyn Child Struck By Car

An 8-year-old girl / pedestrian was struck by a car and  killed in Flatbush, Brooklyn at the intersection of E. 22nd Street and Ditmas Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Jadann Williams tried to cross E. 22nd Street when she was struck by an SUV.


8 Year Old Female Child struck and killed Fatbush Brooklyn.

The young girl was transported to Kings County Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The 35-year-old man driving the vehicle remained at the scene.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Rego Park Queens Casino Bus Accident

What a way to start a Monday with a casino bus crash that injures 12 in Rego,Park, Queens.

A Resorts World Casino New York City bus crashed into a building while trying to avoid a vehicle making a sharp turn in Queens Monday afternoon, critically injuring the bus driver and hurting several other people, according to NYPD.

The casino bus driver was traveling north on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, NY,when another vehicle made a sharp turn in front of him at 63rd Avenue. The bus driver in an attempt to avoid hitting the vehicle, made a sharp right turn and struck the corner of the building at 62-87 Woodhaven Blvd., smashing through the building.

 Queens Bus Accident L

Officials hold news briefing on the casino bus accident in Queens. 12 injured

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