Curb-Jumping Motorist Severs Leg of Pedestrian in Midtown

A driver jumped a curb and struck a pedestrian, reportedly severing one of her legs, on 58th Street this morning. Photos: Liz Patek

Reader Liz Patek sends this account from a crash scene in Midtown this morning:

As I was biking through Midtown, I came across this scene on West 58th Street between Seventh and Sixth Ave. It happened before I got there, I am guessing about 9/9:30 a.m. A pedestrian, a woman, was hit by the car. She was on the sidewalk when she was hit. According to witnesses, she was sent flying through the glass door of the restaurant, and according to their accounts, she was in pretty bad shape (her leg was severed). The driver was still on the scene. There was also a camera person from CBS 2 and another reporter on the scene. According to another witness account, the woman appeared to be about 55-60 years of age.

Also, according to witnesses, they are not sure if the driver was trying to execute a three-point turn or trying to parallel park and possibly lost control/accelerated in reverse into the woman. The woman was alive when ambulances took her away. Again, this is all accounts from people who either witnessed the accident or arrived just after it happened.

Streetsblog will be following up with NYPD on the outcome of their investigation.

  • ddartley

    Because the driver stayed at the scene, he was presented with a good citizenship award by the police and District Attorney.

  • Disgusted

    Here, let me save Streetsblog the trouble of following up with the NYPD on this:

    – It was an “accident.” Sorry about that severed leg, ma’am.

    – No, the NYPD will not answer any questions or share any data about the “ongoing investigation.” In fact, they will not even return your phone call.

    – No, the NYPD “investigation” will not include a subpoena of the motorist’s mobile phone records or the vehicle’s “black box.” Unless the victim has a very good attorney, the NYPD investigation will also not include surveillance video.

    – No, you may not have access to aggregate data about car crashes and pedestrian injuries around this location. For some reason, that’s top secret.

    – No there will be no expression of remorse or outrage from City Hall or NYPD. It was an “accident!”

    – Since the driver was sober and properly licensed and this was an “accident” the driver will very likely be back in his car tomorrow. Can you interview the driver? No. The NYPD will protect his identity. 

  • Jeff

    That’s a bit long-winded.  Four simple words, my friend:

    “No criminality is suspected.”

  • UESer

    I look forward to Community Board 8’s proclamation condemning all drivers as dangerous, but since this happened just one block out of the district, I won’t hold my breath.

    http://gothamist.com/2011/07/14/whereas_the_upper_east_side_communi.php

  • Anonymous

    I feel like I missed something.  The motorist backed into the woman at high enough speed to send her through the window severing her leg.  I’m interested in more information but I am afraid disgusted is right.

  • CBS 2 was there? If its a Marcia Kramer piece, expect her to blame the pedestrians for blocking the car and to scold the DOT for putting sidewalks way too close to traffic.

  • Mark Walker

    In a city where drivers so often combine aggressiveness and incompetence, it is folly not to have bollards protecting every feasible stretch of sidewalk. In the many European cities where I’ve seen bollards heavily deployed, drivers behave far better. Whether that is a result or just an irony I’m not sure. But you have to leave the city and better yet the country to realize just how bad NY drivers are.

  • Disgusted

    CBS2 will almost certainly spend more broadcast time this week covering the imaginary dangers of the PPW bike lane than they will spend on this and the five other horrible, life-altering motor vehicle “accidents” that will happen on NYC streets this week.

  • jon

    where is the on-street parking? a perfect example of why on-street parking is essential to protect innocent pedestrians from reckless motorists.

  • Driver

    Because if there was on street parking here no one would be backing into parking spots?

  • Driver

    Because if there was on street parking here no one would be backing into parking spots?

  • jon

    how do you cause this kind of destruction parallel parking?

  • Driver

    Hitting the gas instead of the brake.  Or just being inept behind the wheel.  

  • Larsonlighting

    The driver hit the gas instead of the brake. Please pray for the victim. The car shattered her pelvis, lacerated her legs and she is still in ICU on a respirator. Hopefully this woman will be able to survive this tragic accident.

  • Larsonlighting

    The driver hit the gas instead of the brake. Please pray for the victim. The car shattered her pelvis, lacerated her legs and she is still in ICU on a respirator. Hopefully this woman will be able to survive this tragic accident.

  • Larsonlighting

    The driver hit the gas instead of the brake. Please pray for the victim. The car shattered her pelvis, lacerated her legs and she is still in ICU on a respirator. Hopefully this woman will be able to survive this tragic accident.

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