2012-07-19 / Other News

Sampson Unhurt In Crash On E. 108th Street

Thankfully, State Senator John Sampson was unhurt early last Saturday when he apparently swerved to avoid a small cat in the street as he drove down East 108th Street and crashed into a number of parked vehicles.

The legislator, who lives in the Seaview Village area, was on his way to his district office on East 96th Street and Avenue J at about 3:15 a.m. when “something ran out in front of me,” he said. “I tried to avoid hitting it and ended up in an accident.” His car, a 2013 Ford Taurus, apparently struck an unoccupied parked 2002 Toyota, which, in turn, hit four other unoccupied vehicles parked along the road near Flatlands Third Street in a chain reaction.

Sampson, 47, who is the Senate Democratic Conference Leader, said he was not given a Breathalyzer test, nor were there any citations issued. He said he called 911 for emergency assistance immediately after the accident and that he waited for police from the 69th Precinct to arrive.

“I did not break any law and there were no violations,” he stated in a press release Monday, noting that he was “not driving under the influence of alcohol.” His car reportedly sustained “substantial” damage, according to published reports, and it, along with the Toyota, had to be towed to a service station for repairs, according to the report filed at the precinct station house.

Charles Rogers

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