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FACT: People Drive Too F’ing Fast

12:07 PM EDT on October 23, 2018

Carnage. Photos: Gersh Kuntzman

In case you needed any more evidence that people drive too fast, here's today's submission to the ever-bulging file:

At around 10:45 on Tuesday morning, the driver of a white SUV heading northbound on Bay Parkway near 82nd Street struck the front bumper of a smaller SUV that had jutted over the double-yellow line on the two-way street.

The white SUV struck the smaller car with such force that the car flipped at least once, landing in the middle of Bay Parkway.

Crash on Bay Parkway
The NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad does not play a role in Vision Zero and should be taken away from the NYPD, argues this op-ed. File photo: Gersh Kuntzman

I spoke to the driver of the smaller car, who said he didn't see much because his airbags deployed at the moment of impact. He admitted that the very tip of his car may crossed the double-yellow line as he veered to allow a bus to pull out of a stop, but said the white SUV was being driven at a very high speed.

"There's no way he would have flipped over like that if he had been going slower," the driver told me.

Other witnesses said the driver was removed by the FDNY with the so-called Jaws of Life. Streetsblog will try to find out his condition.

A run of the driver's plate through HowsMyDrivingNY revealed that the driver had 15 parking violations in 2018, but no moving violations. The driver still owes $480 of the $1,025 charges in parking tickets.

One person has died and 102 people have been injured in crashes on Bay Parkway between 81st and 86th Streets since 2012, according to city statistics.

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