Monday, March 28, 2011
Queens Plaza crash kills man on sidewalk
A pedestrian is dead and two are injured after a vehicle flipped and landed on its roof on a sidewalk in Queens early Monday.
Police say the accident happened just after 4 a.m. just feet away from the Queensboro Plaza Station on the N, R and 7 lines, near the corner of Queens Plaza North and Crescent Street in Long Island City.
The 35-year-old driver of the red 2007 Volkswagen had just exited the Queensboro Bridge and was traveling eastbound when it mounted the sidewalk and overturned, striking a 68-year-old man on the street.
The vehicle crashed into the front of Espinal's Caribbean Restaurant II, located at 25-06 Queens Plaza, which was closed at the time of the crash.
EMS declared the man dead at the scene.
Reports say the driver's arm was amputated when it flipped over and responding emergency workers were able to locate the severed arm. He was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
The passenger, a 35-year-old woman, was transported to Cornell Hospital, where she is listed in stable condition as well.
The circumstances surrounding the crash are under investigation.
I'm guessing high rate of speed and possibly alcohol were involved.