A woman celebrating her 21st birthday was killed in a horrible crash overnight on the Williamsburg Bridge. There were three people in the car, which was headed back to Brooklyn from Manhattan at about 3:15 a.m. Cops say they hit a median, splitting the car in two.
Two men, the other occupants of the Infiniti sedan, were taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries. The driver, 26 years old, is expected to be charged with “driving while impaired.” Channel 7 described him as an “off-duty traffic enforcement agent.”
The roadway was closed earlier this morning but has now been reopened. A witness captured phone video of the accident scene (see below).
UPDATE 11:20 a.m. Police confirm it was an NYPD traffic agent behind the wheel. His name is Stefan Hoyte. The victim’s name is Amanda Miner, a Williamsburg resident. The man in the passenger seat has been identified as 24-year-old Michael Camacho, also an off-duty traffic agent. Hoyte was charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, DWI and cited for speeding.
Grand Street near Ludlow. Photo by Dave Bolotsky.
A couple of TLD readers came across this scene this morning: a taxi that had smashed into the scaffolding at Seward Park High School on Grand Street, at Ludlow Street.
Eldridge and Broome streets.
There was a bad accident earlier this evening at the intersection of Eldridge and Broome. The Lo-Down’s Jennifer Strom reports it involved two cabs — a sedan and an SUV.
The intersection of Clinton Street at East Houston is a notorious trouble spot on the Lower East Side for traffic accidents. Two more mishaps were reported during the weekend.
Photos by Erin Egan Rodriguez.
More now on the accident on Delancey Street this morning in which a sanitation truck badly damaged between six and eight parked cars. We’re told authorities do not believe the driver was intoxicated. Instead, they say, it appears he fell asleep in the moments before ramming into the cars early this morning. The driver stayed on the scene until police arrived. As you can see from these photos (sent in by TLD contributor Erin Egan Rodriguez) the truck’s right-rear tire was wrecked during the ordeal. The parked cars, however, got the raw end of the deal.
Williamsburg Bridge, westbound. Photo credit: @alwaysactions.
There are numerous reports of an overturned truck on the Williamsburg side of the Williamsburg Bridge. The driver was apparently not hurt but the accident has blocked all of the westbound lanes, causing a major traffic backup just as rush hour is getting underway. The Fire Department is on the scene.
Photo by Stacie Joy
Five people were hurt when a cab, headed uptown on First Avenue, jumped the curb at East 3rd Street late last night and smashed into a coffee shop. A 71-year old man, who was inside “The Bean (49 First Avenue),” was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, with serious injuries to his head, neck and hip. Four others were also taken to Bellevue: two bicyclists who suffered neck and back injuries, as well as the cab driver and his passenger, a 30-year old woman.
A trusted tipster emailed a few moments ago to tell us about an accident she witnessed on East Broadway, near Seward Park earlier tonight. Apparently a boy, who looked to be about 7, ran from the park into the street, was struck and suffered a head injury. It happened at about 645pm. Our tipster said the boy is Chinese.
Just this summer, there have been at least two other serious accidents in the immediate area (one on Essex, the other on Clinton). In the past, 7th Precinct officers have told us their efforts to piece together accident reports are made more difficult because witnesses seldom come forward. If you saw the incident and can share more information, please Email us.
We’ll be following up on this story tomorrow morning.
—UPDATE 12:13am: We’ve heard from a second tipster who saw the aftermath. A medium sized crowd had gathered outside the park, near the intersection of East Broadway, Essex and Canal. There was a maroon colored sedan stopped in the middle of the street.The boy was sitting on the pavement and an adult, probably a parent, was holding him. He was crying and had blood on his face, but the witness said he seemed coherent. He added, “this little triangle of street is incredibly dangerous. When cars are driving West on East Broadway, they NEVER EVER signal whether they’re going to continue down East Broadway or bear right onto Canal. And there’s a damned playground right there! It was an incredibly sad sight.”
At about midnight last night, a police car and a small sedan were involved in a collision at the intersection of Grand Street and Pitt. The occupants of the car – a man and woman, an infant and a girl who looked to be about 10 years old – said they were unhurt.
We’ve just returned from the scene of that traffic accident at the intersection of Grand and Pitt streets. According to witnesses, a man on a motorcycle was riding the wrong way (southbound) on Pitt, a one-way street. He collided with a car that was making a left-hand turn from Pitt onto Grand.