Eyes on the Street: Driver Careens Onto Kips Bay Sidewalk, Smashes Store

The remains of a crash scene at 2nd Avenue and 23rd Street after a vehicle was removed from the sidewalk by FDNY. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/10798592@N08/8659705463/##ddartley/Flickr##

Yesterday at approximately 6:00 p.m., the driver of a silver Volkswagen involved in a two-car crash barreled onto the sidewalk at the southeast corner of Second Avenue and 23rd Street, crashing into the front door of a Duane Reade pharmacy. FDNY tells Streetsblog that two people were transported to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Witnesses report that the injured were vehicle occupants, not pedestrians.

Video from Streetsblog reader ddartley shows another driver leaving the scene in a dented silver Infiniti SUV after speaking with police. Streetsblog has asked NYPD for more information about the crash; we’ll let you know if we get an update. More images of the scene are available from photographer Ethan Kavet.

  • Anonymous

    NO CRIMINALITY IS SUSPECTED!

  • KillMoto

    I yearn for the day that no driver is allowed to leave the scene of a wreck until the police get a download of the vehicle’s black box, telling the story of what happened moments before the crash…

  • Motordom

    Too bad this massively violent carnage was done by a person in a car instead of a person with an explosive pressure cooker hidden in a backpack. If the damage were done via pressure cooker then, apparently, we’d care about it a heck of a lot more.

  • Anonymous

    I live two blocks from there, the left turn from 23rd to 2nd is ruinous to pedestrians in the area, this is the rare time when vehicular occupants were the victims… I seem to recall 3 people killed by drivers within a 3 block radius of here last year (that I know of, I can only guess how many injuries)

  • chartchecker

    Coincidentally, there was a very similar crash just two blocks up (on 25th and Second) about 6 months ago where an SUV collided with another vehicle, ran onto the sidewalk and crashed into a 2-story brick building. I don’t believe there were any major injuries. Nevertheless, these incidents show how dangerous it is just to walk around in this city with all the careless drivers. People need to drive slower, be more alert and get off their cell phones!

  • Ian Dutton

    That damn bikeshare.

  • FunKee

    Thank you for the left bike share lane. Now the main road is narrower, we have bus lane on the right, bike lane on the far left, and parked cars in the middle of the road. Big thanks to Janette Sadik-Khan.

  • None of which were at fault for this car running off the road and into a stationary building, except maybe the storage of private property in the street (parked cars).

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