Video: Joggers Dodge Van Seconds Before It Smashes Into Park Slope Deli
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A wild crash in Brooklyn was caught on camera Wednesday. Two joggers were nearly run over just before a van plowed into a store.
Surveillance cameras rolled on the scene at the Deli & Smoke Shop in Park Slope, at 9th Street and Fifth Avenue, on Wednesday morning. The crash caused glass from the door and window to shatter and spray across the sidewalk, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.
Dutch tourist Caroline DeJong and her friend were out for a jog at the time, and their New York visit was almost cut tragically short.
“I feel really lucky,” she said.
DeJong said she couldn’t believe she was able to jump out of the way in time.
“Still kind of shaky, kind of scared. It was really close,” DeJong told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.
Witnesses said a white van was heading north on Fifth Avenue when a blue van ran a red light and clipped the white van, which then swerved out of control.
The white van came within inches of hitting the two joggers, before plowing into the front of the store.
“It sounded like a bomb,” Nasr Alfahad, the cashier at the shop, told CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang. “I was scared, the customers were scared, the guys outside were scared. We were shocked.”
The damage was cleaned up by Wednesday night and, though missing a wall, the deli was back open by the afternoon.
Everyone involved said they were grateful no one was seriously injured.
“We were very lucky because there was glass everywhere, but we didn’t feel anything,” DeJong said. “Crazy stuff indeed.”
“It’s impossible, amazing. I can’t believe this happened like this,” said shop owner Mohamed Almerdie, who was surveying the damage, hoping to rebuild the 20-year-old family business.
“Of course we’re going to lose business, you could see it,” Almerdie said. “The main thing is everyone is alive, thank God.”
Police said they’re not issuing any summonses to the drivers involved. The driver blamed for causing the wreck told cops she was “stressed” from family issues and admitted she may have been distracted.
The deli owner — also stressed — said he’s dealing with about $20,000 in damage.
No tickets were issued with the accident, but the driver believed to be at fault told police she was distracted while she was driving because of family issues.