No Arrest Made In 9-Car Smash Up; Queens Family Outraged

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A Queens family is outraged that four of their parked cars were smashed by an out of control driver who was not arrested.

PHOTOS: Cars Involved In Smash-Up

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

The driver, Richard Popolizio, 39, of Floral Park, caused a nine-car smash-up on Commonwealth Boulevard in Bellerose at 10:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 18, according to a police accident report.

The Augugliaro family was having a Christmas party inside their Bellerose home near 88th Road when the crash occurred. “It sounded like a series of explosions”, said Angela Augugliaro.

The report indicates Popolizio rear-ended a car driving in front of him, and both cars went out of control ricocheting into seven cars parked along the side of the road. One parked vehicle was flipped over, several others were destroyed, and the car Popolizio rear-ended was totalled.

Four of the parked cars belong to Augugliaro family members, who estimate their losses at $100,000. “It’s just upsetting. My cars are minding their own business and to be destroyed like that it’s senselessness.”, said Angela Augugliaro.

Given the damage, the Augugliaro’s find it hard to believe that Popolizio was not charged with speeding or reckless driving.”You could never push these cars the way he did doing 40 mph”, said Michael Augugliaro. A police spokesman told 1010 WINS there is no indication Popolizio was high or drunk and “no criminality” was involved.

Popolizio has not responded to a message left at his home.

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  • JMUG

    The driver was not drunk or impaired in any way.Accidents do happen and thats all this was.The driver remained at the scene,the police investigated and thats the end of it.

  • TA

    Maybe they should have printed in the article the fact that his insurance was expired. How come they didn’t at least give him a ticket for that !!!!!

  • foghorn

    Sue for emotional distress!

  • injun93


  • melody

    Bring this man to justice! billy says he is on drugs! 9 cars??? Anything more than 5 cars should bring mandatory jail time! He ruined their Christmas party too! He should have to pay for that! Grrrrrrr !!!!!!!!!!

  • billy

    That man is always on drugs

  • aldous huxley

    they wanted him arrested for an accident? what else … maybe give him the ole’ “abner louima”?

    if their cars were newer, they should have collision and getting it taken care of right now. no reported injuries. no drug or alcohol involvement. he didn’t flee the scene. arrest him for what?

    stupid idiots …

    • DanTe

      Thanks Huxley. So far, you have a 100% track record. Don’t you ever get tired of making 100% arse-backwards decisions and observations your entire life?

      But don’t let me stop you. Nobody can possibly beat a lifetime 100% record. Do you invest? Can you tell us what you do? We would like to make money.

    • KPMc

      I think they would like the driver to take responsibility for reckless driving. Maybe he wasn’t but how do you wreck nine parked cars going the city-mandated 30 MPH?

      You don’t destroy nine cars, flipping some of them over going 30 MPH. Do we really need a degree in physics to figure that one out?
      Look at some of the pictures, people!

  • DanTe

    Call Internal Affairs. This thing’s last name ends in a vowel. The cops’ on the take.

  • Jason Sharke

    The NYPD is worse than useless when it comes to prosecuting drivers who cause death and destruction. From following countless stories like this over the last 20 years, many involving death, I’m absolutely 100% convinced that the NYPD has a deliberate policy of prosecuting as few drivers as possible. This is coming from the top, look to Ray Kelly.

    Careful, law abiding drivers do not cause carnage like this. There is no such thing as an “innocent accident.” Somebody is ALWAYS at fault, and the only thing which causes mayhem on the road is criminal recklessness. It is the LAW to drive safely. The only ways in which the NYPD could “suspect no criminality” is if they are terminally stupid, or if they’ve been ordered from the top to ignore criminal drivers.

    In this city, you can hurtle around a clear, wide intersection at breakneck speed without looking to see who’s crossing, kill a child and the NYPD will still “suspect no criminality” and issue nothing more than a desk ticket for failure to yield. Apparently you can drive with your eyes closed in this city and the cops will still suspect no criminality.

    Someone should tell the NYPD that dangerous driving is a crime and it is their PROFESSIONAL DUTY to enforce the law, in order to protect innocent people whose lives are shattered by these maniacs. That they don’t enforce it is the reason why there are so many bad drivers on the streets of New York. Everyone knows that you can drive however you like in this city and the consequences will be very trivial if you kill someone or cause $1000’s in damage. The NYPD’s failure to protect New Yorkers on the roads should be a huge scandal and both Ray Kelly and Mike Bloomberg should resign for their severe negligence and complacency in ignoring the problem.

  • don-ric

    what really gets me is the never ending list of losers leaving they’re
    un-intelligent comments like they’re thoughts we’re the last word on anything. my last four cars combined value is and was $150,000. so just because you folks are to un= ambitious to afford anything more than a yugo, no one wants to hear your narrow minded useless drivel. i always make the mistake of reading comments about certain stories so as to get an intelligent opinion, but as i’ve learned over the years they are very few and far between.

  • ANT


  • peter

    4 cars worth $100,000? I don’t think the combined value of all 4 cars I’ve owned in my lifetime cost $50,000 brand new.

    • KPMc

      Four $25,000 cars is too hard to believe? Maybe that’s no longer blue book value but a $25,000 car is not uncommon in 2010. In fact its quite reasonable.

  • Jay

    Elle, if this happened to me my first reaction would be “was anybody hurt?” my second would be anger for the inconvenience this caused me. I can’t create a charge based on my inconvenience though. If the owner of the car didn’t have the proper coverage on his insurance, that’s their fault. If the offenders insurance can cover it, awesome. So, WAHHHHH again, time to move on with this waste of a story.

    • KPMc

      Waste of a story but you’ve now commented on it twice. So I guess that says a lot about your life.

      So if someone destroyed several thousand dollars of your property, through no fault of your own, you wouldn’t want someone to pay?


  • haywood jablowme

    isn’t that why we have insureance? get over it and move on. stop trying to push the blame on someone else.

    • KPMc

      But the blame DOES belong to someone else! And why do you people think insurance pays for smashed park cars? It’s only covered if you have a very extensive and expensive policy. If anyone’s insurance is responsible it is the driver.

  • Captain Obvious

    “It’s just upsetting. My cars are minding their own business and to be destroyed like that it’s senselessness.”, said Angela Augugliaro.

    If the cars were totaled, were they in pain before passing on? They were minding their own business – do good cars go to heaven & bad cars go to hell?

    Sorry, it was just kind of an odd statement for Angie to make :P

  • C.J.

    It was an accident. Why should he be arrested?

  • Elle

    Why should they use their insurance, so their rates can go up. His insurance should pay for it or it should come out of his pocket. He should be charged for driving wrecklessly, It was really a bad accident, thank God no one was walking on the side walk. So Jay, if 3 of your cars were totaled you’d deifinitely be crying. So get on with your life and stop making stupid comments.

  • L

    This guy who caused the car damage should be charged! What if there were people in the way instead of the cars? He poses a real hazard to the road.

  • Jay

    WAHHHH, my cars were totaled, WAHHHHH!!!! if you have insurance, use it and get on with your life.

    • KPMc

      What makes you think insurance pays for totaled cars?

      Most people carry liability. So that if someone is INJURED then insurance pays. Unless you have a very extensive and EXPENSIVE policy insurance does not pay for your own smashed parked cars.

      And it is common sense that it is impossible to destroy 9 cars going 30 MPH, which is the city speed limit.

      Not reckless or drunk? BS. I bet if someone does some digging the driver has some friends either in that police precinct or somewhere else even more powerful.

      • ilvedanny05

        If you have a car in NYC and don’t have collision then you are an idiot….

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