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Drunk NY detective involved in car crash

An intoxicated off-duty detective was involved in a rear end car accident in Queens resulting in one person critically injured early Sunday, according to NYPD sources.

Off Duty Drunk Detective involved in crash on Van Wyck Expressway, Queens

Off Duty Drunk Detective involved in crash on Van Wyck Expressway, Queens

Neville Smith, 32, a detective out of the NYPD 48th Precinct in the Bronx, was preparing to enter the southbound lanes of the Van Wyck Expressway when he rear-ended another vehicle on the entrance ramp near Rockaway Blvd. in the early morning hours, around 4 a.m.

The collision critically injured a 22-year-old woman in the other car. She was immediately transported to Jamaica Hospital where she remain in serious condition.

Two other passengers, a 21-year-old woman and 20-year-old man, were rushed to the same hospital with minor injuries.

Neville Smith suffered some minor head and neck injuries and was also taken to Jamaica Hospital before being charged with driving while intoxicated. (DWI)

He was later charged with several counts of vehicular assault, assault and refusal to take a breathalyzer test.

History of officer involved crashes:

  • Off-duty cop killed, sergeant critically injured in Bronx crash – 27-year-old officer died in a horrifying late-night crash when a speeding car driven by a fellow cop careened into a tree stump, flipped upside down — and burst into a fireball.
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 11:12 PM

  • Abad faces a 27-count indictment after the March 20, 2015 crash, where he allegedly crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer while driving home drunk from a Staten Island strip club. Abad, according to testimony, had been drinking with three other men from Linden. Two passengers in the car — fellow Linden officer Frank Viggiano and Linden resident Joseph Rodriguez, both 28 — were killed in the crash. A third Linden officer, Patrik Kudlac, then 23, was also in the car. Kudlac and Abad were both critically injured.

  • Driver killed, off-duty cop arrested in Sunrise Hwy. crash, police say. Robert Scheuerer, 24, an officer in the Third Precinct who was off-duty at the time of the crash, was charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment, police said. He remained hospitalized Tuesday night with serious injuries and had not yet been arraigned, police said.

  • Off-Duty Officer Charged in Fatal Brooklyn Crash Is Fired. The accident occurred around 3 a.m. on Saturday, near Bedford Avenue and North Eighth Street. Mr. Batka’s Dodge Durango ran off the road and onto a sidewalk, striking Mr. Esquivel and his friends, all in their 20s, as they walked past a row of townhouses, the police and prosecutors said. Photos taken after the crash showed the S.U.V. almost entirely off the pavement. Mr. Batka refused a Breathalyzer test, the police said. He had been scheduled to begin another shift on Saturday at 7 a.m.

 

Pedestrian Killed Struck By SUV In Queens

A 50-year-old man was killed after being struck by a SUV in Queens Sunday morning, August 14th according to NYPD.

The pedestrian was crossing Springfield Blvd around 7:20 a.m. A 53-year-old driver in a 2014 Kia Sorento crashed into him while driving eastbound on Murdock Avenue and turning left onto Springfield. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police as they investigate the fatal crash.

Emergency responders found the man unconscious and with severe injuries. He was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

Springfield Boulevard is a major north/south roadway that runs through the eastern section of Queens, New York. It is 7.8 miles long and goes from Northern Boulevard in Bayside, to 147th Avenue in Springfield Gardens. Wikipedia

  • Two pedestrians struck when an out-of-control car smashed into the side of a Queens restaurant. Tuesday, December 01, 2015 Springfield Avenue and Hempstead Avenue, Queens, NY
  • Queens passenger, 21, dies after SUV driver hits stopped, parked cars in Queens. Monday, August 10, 2015 South Conduit Ave. in Springfield Gardens

 

 

 

Hit and Run in Queens Leaves Man Dead

Search On For Driver Who Left Man Dead In Queens Hit-And-Run

The accident happened just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 30th Road and 21st Street in Astoria

Police said a 45-year-old man was in the roadway on 21st Street when he was hit by a southbound dark-colored sedan. The vehicle then fled the scene, according to

Emergency responders found the man lying in the road with severe trauma. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

Late Thursday afternoon, detectives were going to each corner and checking every building – and every camera – in their effort to track down the offending driver.

According to residents on 21st Street at 30th Road in Astoria, people just speed up and down here all the time. It’s turned into a raceway.
There is no traffic light there, no speed limits, just fast moving traffic and dangerous circumstances to everyone around.

Pedestrians, and drivers both are in danger at this intersection. It’s a known danger; no reason for drivers to slow down. Speed is a given that a driver is going to hit a person.

NYPD is urging the public to come forward, as residents hoped for the city to do more to protect them.

Residents said the city has installed more lights along 21st Street, but clearly not at 30th Road. They hoped the accident would cause that to change.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

Reactions to this accident:

  • We are dealing with a much larger problem. Motorists driving on 21st as if it was a highway. Pedestrians crossing streets, oftentimes in the middle of the road, disregarding oncoming vehicle. No one cares.
  • There needs to be more than one traffic signal installed on 21st Street. Driving on the section between the QBbridge and Astoria Blvd can be harrowing at times, and as a pedestrian, I completely avoid crossing it whenever possible. How many have been killed or injured on that street over the years?
  • We should just close 21st street off to motorists. That will solve the problem. Then pedestrians need only fear bicyclists and mopeds.
  • The police just need to patrol the street and ticket people for speeding. If drivers are not penalized for going over the speed limit, like they do on this street, they will continue to break the law.
  • DOT or any other agency is not responsible for hit-and-run drivers nor their actions. As reprehensible as the act is, the (stupid) accusation equates to someone using a hammer and being responsible for the guy on the other side of the city taking a bath and splashing water.

Queens car accident lawyer, Paul Ajlouny weighs in on this accident, “All measures need to be taken to ensure the safety of pedestrians at this intersection, DOT needs to take another look at the intersection for potential safety enhancemen­ts.

No matter what, drivers need to abide by the law and drive safely. Bottom line intersections can be very dangerous areas, for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Wake-up New York. ” Says Mr. Ajlouny.

 

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.

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Car Crashes into Queens Village bar

QUEENS VILLAGE CRASH

Queens Village Crash

Car Crashes Into Queens Village Bar

Three people were injured after an out-of-control car slammed into a bar in Queens.

The driver lost control of his vehicle Saturday evening around 7pm, plowing into the ‘Pour House’ on 223-01 Hempstead Avenue in Queens Village.

The driver was reported to be avoiding another car when he careened into the bar.

The driver and two others inside were taken to North Shore Hospital for treatment.

New York City JULY 4TH TRAFFIC ADVISORY

NYC INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS STREET CLOSURES

 

Friday July 03-4, 2015

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations and parking meter regulations are suspended on Friday, 3 and Saturday, July 4, 2015 for observance of Independence Day.

TIPS: Make sure to comply with the rest parking regulations and parking meter regulations.
Cops think they are not suspended!!!

Friday July 03-4, 2015

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) & parking meter regulations are suspended on Friday, 3 and Saturday, July 4, 2015 for observance of Independence Day.

MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION STREET CLOSURES IN NYC:

THE MACY’S 4TH OF JULY ANNUAL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION means likely congestion and interruption the normal flow of traffic in the area in Manhattan.

Manhattan Locations:

  • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and East 63rd Street
  • South Street between Whitehall Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • FDR Driver Service Roads between Cherry Street and 63rd Street
  • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Fulton Street
  • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
  • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
  • Cherry Street between Jackson Street and FDR Drive
  • Delancey Street between Lewis Street and FDR Drive
  • East Houston Street between Baruch Place and FDR Drive
  • East 6th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • East 10th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • Avenue C between East 16th Street and East 20th Street
  • East 20th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 23rd Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 26th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 30th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 33rd Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • East 34th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 37th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 38th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 41st Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 42nd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 48th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 49th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 53rd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive

Brooklyn Locations:

  • Area bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the South; Old Fulton Street on the North;
  • Hicks Street on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Old Fulton Street between Hicks Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Front Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street
  • Water Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street

Queens Locations:

  • Area bounded by 44th Drive on the North; Borden Avenue on the South;
  • Vernon Boulevard on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Center Boulevard between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue
  • 2nd Street between Borden Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • Vernon Boulevard between 54th Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • 54th Avenue between Center Boulevard and Vernon Boulevard

For the full list of streets activities go to: The Latest NYC Weekend Traffic Advisory
Additional street closures, as well as changes in timing or duration, can occur if deemed necessary by the Police Department.

This information is subject to change without further notice.

This traffic information comes from many different sources

Main source of this information is The New York City Department of Transportation

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Deadly Queens Crash

BAYSIDE, Queens Breaking News: 2 people, including child, killed in Queens car crash.

Two people, including a child, were killed in a car crash in Queens this Wednesday evening.

The crash occurred near the service road of the Long Island Expressway in Bayside around 6 p.m.

Two vehicles collided, killing a woman and her child. The victims were passengers, in the backseat, and two others were in front.

The other car involved in the collision had one female in it, her injuries are still unknown.

They were all taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Bayside Queens Crash

2 Killed in Crash Near L.I.E. in Queens.

Crash on Whitestone Bridge multiple injuries.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 05:00PM
QUEENS

9 people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident on the Whitestone Bridge on Saturday.

The accident happened on the southbound, Queens side of the bridge around 2:30 p.m. Two lanes were blocked.

All nine of the injured were transported to hospitals in the area. Six suffering serious injuries; three have minor injuries.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The Bronx–Whitestone Bridge is a suspension bridge in New York City that crosses the East River and connects the boroughs of Queens on Long Island, and the Bronx on the United States mainland via Interstate 678. Wikipedia

Car Crashes into Queens Supermarket Injuring 5

Update to Queens Super Market Crash
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 06:42AM

In the Whitestone residential neighborhood in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens five people remain in the hospital after a car crashed into a supermarket in Queens Tuesday evening.

An elderly women accidentally mistook the gas pedal for the brakes of her SUV during a busy shopping rush and crashed into the pathmark grocery store. The SUV drove right through the supermarket ending up at the produce section.

Five victims remain in the hospital with injured but stable; one in serious condition. Three people were transported to Booth Memorial Hospital, while two were taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

Witnesses say the vehicle must have been going about 50mph.

No arrest have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
A car crashed into a supermarket in Queens

5 hurt when SUV crashes into Pathmark supermarket in Queens.

Elderly Driver Statistics

  • In 2011, there were 35 million licensed drivers age 65 and over according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • 5,560 people age 65 and older were killed and 214,000 were injured in traffic crashes in 2012.
  • In 2012 drivers age 65 and older accounted for 17 percent of all traffic fatalities.

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Queens Truck Crash 30 People Reported Injured

Breaking News: Queens, New York. 30 People Being Tended To BY EMT/FDNY After Crash Involving School Bus, Truck Demolishes Front of Queens Food Store.

Truck Crashes In Food Stand

Hillside Ave & Hollis Ct Multiple injuries reported

One person has been reported to be seriously injured; NYFD say they got a call about a “person with trauma” after the accident shortly before noon outside New Giant Farms, a market known for its fresh fruit and flower sections, on Hillside Avenue in Queens Village.

Queens truck crash

Approx. 30 people being evaluated for injuries after truck crashes into food stand in Queens.

Photos shot by bystanders at the scene show the front of the store completely demolished, as firefighters venture carefully inside the building.

Truck Crash

30 Being Evaluated After Crash Involving School Bus.

The front of the school bus also appeared to have sustained heavy damage. The window of the door the driver would open to let people on was completely smashed.

Buildings officials are heading  to the scene to assess the structural damage to the building.

This is an on going story.  Check back with us for updates.

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