Curb-Jumping Drivers in Three Crashes Injured 15 People This Morning

The driver of a Department of Correction bus knocked over bollards on Canal Street at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge today. Photo: ##

Curb-jumping motorists were involved in at least three crashes this morning, resulting in 15 injuries, including a pedestrian who was hit on a Queens sidewalk.

The driver of a Honda pickup truck crashed into the front yard of a house at 49-33 Utopia Parkway at around 5:40 this morning, critically injuring a pedestrian, according to FDNY and Gothamist. One victim was transported in cardiac arrest, an FDNY spokesperson told Streetsblog, and another person refused medical attention.

At 8:37 a.m., the driver of a Department of Correction bus toppled bollards and ended up in the middle of a traffic island on Canal Street, at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. Fourteen people were transported with minor injuries, according to FDNY.

Minutes later, a driver hit a bike rack and a subway entrance at Bergen Street and Sixth Avenue, just outside the 78th Precinct station house. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt. One person at the scene refused medical attention, FDNY said.

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A motorist crashed into a bike rack and subway entrance just outside the 78th Precinct, in Brooklyn. Photo: ##

No charges or summonses were immediately issued for any of these crashes, according to NYPD.

Drivers fatally struck at least 15 people on sidewalks, at bus stops, in parks, and inside places of business in NYC in 2013, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog.