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Eyes on the Street: SUV Flips Across Houston Street Median

HoustonSUV.jpgThe driver of this wrecked SUV had been traveling on the other side of on Houston Street before flipping over the median, according to the tipster who sent this photo.

A tipster sends this photo of Houston Street near the corner of Mott, early yesterday morning at around 5:00 a.m. Our source says he was awakened when an SUV speeding east on Houston plowed into an electronic construction sign, hit the median and flipped over end to end, coming to a stop on its side in the middle of the opposite side of the street.

He saw the SUV driver crawl out from the wreck looking basically uninjured, after which the police took him into custody. The NYPD couldn't provide us with any further information.

That the driver escaped serious injury illustrates why legislators and law enforcement should take steps to protect people outside of cars through better enforcement and tools like Hayley and Diego's Law and Elle's Law. With seat belts, air bags, and ever-safer metal frames, today's cars protect drivers from their own recklessness better than ever. If this SUV had followed a different trajectory after the motorist lost control, however, any pedestrian or cyclist in the way would have been crushed.

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