Uber SUV Driver Jumps Curbs and Injures Four on Sixth Avenue

Victims were rushed to the hospital "in stable condition," according to NYPD.

This type of collision doesn't happen if the driver isn't exceeding the speed limit. Photo: Tipster, used with permission.
This type of collision doesn't happen if the driver isn't exceeding the speed limit. Photo: Tipster, used with permission.

The driver of an Uber SUV hopped the curb and barreled into a storefront on Sixth Avenue just north of 17th Street, injuring four, on Monday afternoon, NYPD reports.

The driver “was going around another vehicle” before he or she jumped the curb, the NYPD said. It’s not clear if the injured were pedestrians or the SUV’s passengers.

One witness, who provided the above photo, said she and her coworkers rushed to their sixth-floor window after hearing a loud “thud” from the street and saw one person being taken away in a stretcher and another two being treated by medical personnel on the ground.

The collision occurred at around 2:35 p.m. across the street from P.S. 340. The city’s school-zone camera program expired last week because the GOP-controlled State Senate refused to reauthorize them before going out of session. It is unclear if P.S. 340 had one of the 140 cameras.

The driver was apparently going at a high rate of speed because he or she jumped not only Sixth Avenue’s parking lane, but also its bike lane. Keeping with its pattern of protecting drivers, NYPD attempted to exonerate the driver, with a department spokesperson saying that the driver “was carrying a sick passenger.”

Activists weren’t having any of it.

“Drivers are newly emboldened to break the law” because of the end of speed cameras, Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White said.

“This is what happens when there are no consequences for speeding drivers. This is what happens when you turn off every speed enforcement camera in New York City,” White added. “Senate Republicans should be reconvening and passing a bill to reinstate and expand New York City’s life-saving speed camera program, but instead they’ll spend Tuesday at a country club just minutes from the state capitol.”

  • Streetfilms (928 videos!)

    If I panicked while riding my #bikenyc and hit someone in NYC, the NYPD would likely throw me in jail.

  • The fact that the NYPD won’t arrest these guys when there is both clear evidence and eyewitness accounts of speeding makes me sick.

  • Joe R.

    The cops would probably shoot you down like a rabid dog if you hit someone on a bike. Hit someone with a car? Just an “accident” in their minds. Time to disband the NYPD. They refuse to do the job they’re being paid to do.

  • Rex Rocket

    nm

  • Andrew

    From https://pix11.com/2018/07/30/car-crashes-into-building-in-manhattan/ : “Police said the vehicle is for-hire and the driver became distracted when one of the passengers became sick. They did not specify the sickness.”

    Isn’t it time for a new excuse by now?

  • William Lawson

    Why? The NYPD haven’t given any outward indication that they have any plans to question it and so it will always be the primo excuse for cab drivers, in much the same way as “I didn’t even feel the wheels go over him” will always be the primo excuse among garbage truck drivers. The NYPD has cultivated an arrangement with drivers, in which everyone gets to drive however TF they like as long as they get to skip the legwork and paperwork of a prosecution when the inevitable deaths ensue. It communicates this arrangement surreptitiously through a series of publicly reported outcomes in which drivers get away with absolutely any level of outrageous, killer driving just as long as they tick a few easy NYPD boxes. Stayed at the scene – check. Had medical emergency – check. Wasn’t drunk – check. People are like, cool, I can pretty much drive like I’m playing Nintendo and nobody gives a shit.

  • William Lawson

    I think I heard a bee landed on his nose

  • William Lawson

    Exactly, and if they were so motivated, the NYPD could easily procure camera footage from surrounding businesses and establish reckless driving from these. But they have an institutional policy of not investigating crashes to any useful degree, even when these taxi-sidewalk incursions are part of an ongoing pattern which is sooner or later going to result in a multiple fatality incident.

  • callumest

    No one hurt, but take a look at this driver, who was distracted by a spider. There are at least three schools within a block of this location (Trevor Day, Dwight, PS166) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2216599408354422&set=a.101432779871106.3330.100000131546627&type=3&theater

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