2 Hurt In Another Car Crash By Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — It has happened again: for the second time in two weeks, a car has gone careening off the road at the Ed Koch Queensboro bridge and smashed into the same building in Long Island City.

Now, the Department of Transportation said it will finally do something to stop the off-ramp danger, reports CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.

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Police said the driver lost control of his 2006 Volkswagen Jetta as he navigated the outer ramp of the bridge and struck a store front.

“The turn from the outer bridge is quite sharp, to be honest with you, and that’s what is causing these accidents,” resident Sunny Gulati said.

A car is seen after crashing into a storefront off the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City - Queens, NY - Apr 6, 2011 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

A car is seen after crashing into a storefront off the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City - Queens, NY - Apr 6, 2011 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

Fire officials said the 39-year-old driver suffered a partially severed arm and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

The front seat passenger, a 40-year-old woman, suffered head trauma and was listed in critical condition at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

The accident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver has been arrested. Charges are pending.

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The same salon and restaurant was hit in a similar accident last week that killed a 68-year-old pedestrian.

The salon’s owner said he was in shock.

“It was a terrifying experience for me,” salon owner Akber Giwani said. “I opened this business three months ago, and in a week, this is the second time I’m coming here. I’m really scared from this place now.”

Life-long neighborhood resident Robert Sniffin said they were accidents waiting to happen.

“It wasn’t a surprise this morning when I turned on the news and saw the car inside the store,” Sniffin said.

Sniffin said the intersection is a mess. Coming off the bridge into Queens, drivers are confronted by jersey barriers, merging traffic and a sharp right turn. If they’re driving too fast, locals said, it’s a recipe for disaster.

“Cars fly down that bridge, and at the bottom there there’s a merge of three separate lanes – and that jersey barrier created a real problem,” Sniffin said.

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Walls scarred with tire marks are evidence of the many close calls by speeding cars maneuvering through the merging traffic and barricades.

“The temporary barriers that were put up clearly do not allow time for cars to become aware that there’s a lane shift,” Giwani’s attorney, Scott Agulnick, said. “As a result, people are bouncing off the barrier, and this is the result.”

Giwani said his salon wasn’t insured, and that he had no intention of rebuilding on the same spot.

“I would not want it here again, because it happened twice in 10 days,” he said.

The Department of Transportation released a statement on Wednesday saying the agency will address the troublesome intersection.

“Excessive speed appears to be the dominant factor,” the statement said. “DOT will add signs to remind motorists of the bridge’s 30 mph speed limit and will also install rumble strips.”

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  1. Alyson Fiore says:

    did you guys see ed koch talking about the remaking of nyc? http://f4a.tv/hJYyoG

  2. Leroy Comrie says:

    Can’t the DOT simply install some bone-rattling potholes there?

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  4. Marc says:

    Koch was far better than Bloomberg. Property taxes were low and kept low under his terms. Even under severe national inflation, prices in NYC were manageable. One of the biggest things was rent. Rent was low almost anywhere as a % of income. Now rents are unaffordable almost everywhere in NYC. Bring Koch back at any age instead of having bloomberg. Much smarter man.

    Police also need to monitor and impose more serious penalties for truck drivers. Many drive too recklessly, fast and they are some of the worst skilled drivers.

  5. A .Cretini says:

    Let’s have a large demonstration to get Koch’s the Egoist Mayor
    name removed from the Queensboro-59th Street bridge.
    Regarding the accidents we need better barriers on the queens side.

  6. TheTruth says:

    What is wrong with you people. Don’t you realize what is going on? This was done on purpose by the city to push out the local business who won’t sell out. The city wan’ts to develop this area into a “new community”. These local businesses don’t fit and won’t leave. They have been trying to push these business out for years. The same accident a week apart? Way too coincidental. Open your eyes people this is politics and local government playing games with other people lives.

  7. mamad says:

    @ MMF My best friend’s dad was the pedestrian killed. Would like to hear what you have to say about the situation. They are considering their options right now.

    1. Charlie Penguino says:

      6 people ( pedestrians on foot ) are killed every year on 96th Street and Broadway in Manhattan because of cars, quick turns and light changes – West End Avenue and Amsterdam are just as bad. It took the City 10 years to install turn arrows. They move like turtles and people are dying. Totally unacceptable !
      They need to fix all of this now.

    2. MMF says:

      I can be contacted at mmf.nyc.ny@gmail.com

  8. LiberalsAreEvil says:

    That’s what happens when a nice name like Queensboro is changed to honor an old fruitcake!!

  9. Frank says:

    New York City’s roadways and traffic flows are designed by a bunch of IDIOTS in the transportation department. Take for example, the new “islands” on some of Brooklyn roadways, no traffic light for vehicles to make left turn prior to oncoming traffic going green on busy intersections like those in NJ., and so on. All they care about is how to find a way to give out the most tickets possible.

    1. Slawek says:

      Idiots in the transportation department are PEDESTRIANS and subway riders – they have no concept of automobile traffic. Sad. New “islands” sprung up all over Manhattan as well and they snarl traffic and damage cars (check W 81 St & Columbus Ave)

    2. TOM says:

      I HAVE TO DRIVE ON THAT BRIDGE EVERY DAY THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC AT QUEENS PLAZA IS A JOKE!!! WHIT TWO ACCEDENTS THER SO FAR WHAT IS THE DOT WAITING FOR MORE DEATHS???????????????????

  10. Copyeditor says:

    Maybe the bridge is reacting negatively to being renamed! It’ll always be Queensboro Bridge to many people.

  11. Al says:

    Ed Koch Queensboro bridge??? Koch was the most disgusting politician in NYC back in 1980th. The current morons in the City Hall must be no better.

  12. teddy says:

    mayor Koch deserves the Gowanus Canal. When will a republican get a bridge or tunnel named after them?
    Please leave the next dirtbag who speeds off the bridge to die. I refuse to have my tax dollars be spent on hospital transportation for a kid who thinks he’s playing PS3…….

    1. Mr T says:

      The article states that the driver and passenger were 39 and 40 years old. Are you too stupid to notice that?

      From a comment so nasty; I wish for you to be the next dirtbag that speeds off the bridge.

    2. SIgnageEngineerWithADegreeofDisappointment says:

      Ha ha ha the Gowanus Canal! I love it perfect! hahahahahahah! Good one! hahahahahaha

  13. andy says:

    THERE SHOULD BE A PEDESTERIAN WALK OVE OR TUNNEL HERE THIS IS A MAIN ROUTE TO AND FROM THE CITY

    1. b says:

      there is

  14. andy says:

    Sorry about that accident but the person who is desigining the new patten around the bridge should be held responsible its is the worst traffic patten I have seen in the world WHAT A WASYE OF TAX PAYERS MONEY WASTE

  15. MMF says:

    I work across the street from where this tragedy has now happened twice and I’m not surprised. I almost get run over several times a month because the cars are used to going through these red lights at full speed without stopping BECAUSE THE POLICE OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF THESE INTERSECTIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ISSUE SUMMONS TO CARS THAT BREAK THE LAW — this is what I was told when I complained to the officer in charge about this dangerous intersection. I blame the NYPD for these two accidents due to their lax enforcement of traffic rules that has created an wild-west environment at this intersection. Cars have gotten so used to not obeying traffic laws that they now simply speed through these lights without the threat of getting a ticket. If any lawyers representing either of these injured folks needs someone to testify regarding the NYPD’s irresponsible behavior I will gladly do so since I’ve known something like this would happen eventually and nobody listened to my complaints.

    1. CSI says:

      I know. They are to busy giving me tickets for crossing a red light on my bicycle.

    2. Dan says:

      A politician would suggest ticketing the drivers. A scientist would figure out a way to make the roads safer. Ticketing is never the answer. It’s a form of taxation and bares very little effect on car accidents. I doubt the driver of that car had pre-meditated thoughts that he wouldn’t be ticketed if he had blown the light.

      1. MMF says:

        I’m sorry but you’re incorrect. Ticketing is the only answer when the purpose is to enforce a minor traffic infraction. How else would enforce these laws? They are too minor to warrant an arrest but at the same time they must have an immediate consequence or else nobody is going to obey the traffic laws.

      2. TOM says:

        MMF IS RIGHT !!! I IDRIVE THERE EVERY DAY ,AND IF YOU TICKET THE DRIVERS WHO CROSS SOLID WHITE LINE TO MAKE TURNS AND THOSE RUN RED LIGHTS THAT IS A MOVING VOLIATION AND PTS GET ADD TO THERE LICENCE AND THERE INS GOES UP!!!!!!!

  16. midi-man says:

    Do you really think that Mayor Koch deserves this?

    1. midi-man says:

      To quote Al above Al Koch was the most disgusting politician in NYC back in 1980th. The current morons in the City Hall must be no better. Bloomberg thinks Koch is so great that is how you can tell he is a complete moron. In my option Koch does not deserve a pile of dog pooh named after him.

  17. RichieT says:

    News articles? I should know better
    Some are, some aren’t, complete.
    It was PROPOSED last December. Officially renamed , March 23, 2011.

  18. RichieT says:

    Since last December

  19. TG says:

    Since when was the bridge named after Ed Koch?

    1. Michael H. says:

      I think it was a week ago that the City Council voted to rename the bridge in his honor.

      Fear not, no taxpayer money is being used to change the signage. It is being funded by private donations.

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