2002-09-26 / Top Stories

Eight Injured In Two Auto Crashes

By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers

Firefighter carries injured boy from restaurant to EMS ambulance. 		     Charles RogersFirefighter carries injured boy from restaurant to EMS ambulance. Charles Rogers

A number of people were injured in two separate autombile crashes here last week.

In the first, a woman accidentally crashed her car into the front window of the McDonald’s Restaurant at 2028 Rockaway Parkway at Seaview Avenue in the Seaview Shopping Center Thursday afternoon. The second accident occurred the following afternoon when a fire engine on an emergency run collided with a private car at East 95 Street and Farragut Road.

Police from the 69 Precinct reported Joyce Smith, 47, of Elmont, N.Y., the driver of a 1996 Acura, and her three children in the vehicle, as well as two people who were eating in the restaurant were injured. None of the injuries was serious, police said.

Witnesses said the car lurched forward as Mrs. Smith was parking in front of the restaurant and smashed into the front window.


The driver of the above 1996 Acura said her car “lurched forward” as she was parking in front of the McDonald’s restaurant on Rockaway Parkway at Seaview Avenue last Thursday afternoon, according to police, sending it careening through the front window. Six people were injured. See the story of this crash and another involving a fire truck and a van on page 3.									  Charles RogersThe driver of the above 1996 Acura said her car “lurched forward” as she was parking in front of the McDonald’s restaurant on Rockaway Parkway at Seaview Avenue last Thursday afternoon, according to police, sending it careening through the front window. Six people were injured. See the story of this crash and another involving a fire truck and a van on page 3. Charles Rogers

Police reported she said she put her foot on the brake pedal but the car "kept moving." She and her children, as well as one restaurant customer, were taken to Brookdale Hospital for observation by Emergency Medical Service paramedics. Another man was taken to Kings County Hospital, also by EMS ambulance.

In the Friday crash, police said the driver of a van and one firefighter were injured when the vehicles collided while the fire engine was racing to an emergency with its lights and siren in operation.

Police said the van was heading south on East 95 Street with just the driver aboard and the fire truck from Ladder Co. 170, which is based in the Rockaway Parkway firehouse, was heading west on Farragut Road when the crash occurred. Witnesses said the fire truck was passing a gold passenger vehicle that yielded to its sirens when the van allegedly passed the gold car and through a green traffic light at the intersection. It was reported that the van driver was taken to Brookdale Hospital with multiple injuries and a firefighter was treated for minor injuries.

The traffic light is relatively new at that corner, having been installed only a few months ago, and residents in the area say that there have been many accidents there since its installation.

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