NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A teenager was killed and four other pedestrians were injured after a minivan jumped a curb in Queens.
It happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday near LaGuardia Community College on Thomson Avenue and 30th Street in Long Island City.
As CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported, witnesses said the junction is known as the intersection of death. And whether or not directly impacted by the latest incident they’re worried who’s going to be next.
A 2002 Dodge Caravan was headed east on Thomson when its driver lost control and jumped a curb near a bus stop, police said. That was when the van collided with five people on the sidewalk and hit a pole before hitting a tree, police said.
Witnesses said the crosswalk was filled with pedestrians at the time of the crash and the van had swerved to miss the crowd crossing the street, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
“(The driver) did not hit one car on the street,” witness Brandon Gonzalez said. “He hit everyone on the sidewalk.”
“I had my headphones on and everything. I took one step back and I felt it in my knees, that how close it was,” Gonzalez told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “He hit the post first, then hit the students, and then hit the tree.”