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.
The victim was wearing a helmet but appeared to have serious head injuries. It looked like he also hurt his leg. Emergency crews were on the scene almost immediately. They rushed him to the hospital in a matter of minutes. We spoke with a witness, Thomas Monti, who works at the Educational Alliance. He ran down the street towards the 7th Precinct to get help. Monti told us the motorcyclist was apparently headed straight through the intersection.
Moments after the ambulance left the intersection, the victim’s mother appeared on the scene. She was understandably very upset. Police helped her into an NYPD car, presumably taking her to the hospital. The driver of the car was shaken up but did not appear to have suffered any major injuries. Her air bag deployed during the collision. The car and motorcycle are still in the intersection. It’s not possible to pass through Grand Street, heading east. The westbound lane is open, as is Pitt Street. See below for more photos: