Sunday, September 5, 2010

[Updated] Out-of-control cab kills one, injuries six on First Avenue and Third Street

[Updated 10:46 a.m.] Other news outlets are reporting that five people were injured in the accident. Earlier, WPIX had reported a fatality in the accident. CBS 2 and the Daily News are reporting five injuries: two cyclists, the cab driver and his passenger; and a 71-year-old man who was inside the Bean. Meanwhile, police are working to determine who is to blame for the accident.

Per the Daily News:

The taxi was heading north on First Ave. when it collided with the Jeep, which was turning onto the avenue from E. 3rd St., police said. The taxi jumped the curb, hitting and injuring two bicyclists before smashing into the coffee shop.


Earlier...


According to reports, an out-of-control cab jumped onto the sidewalk early this morning and slammed into a group of six people, killing one, according to WPIX.

The cab careened into a crowd of people standing in front of the Bean Coffee Shop on First Avenue at Third Street around 1:30 a.m.

Five other people were also injured and were taken to Bellevue Hospital. The extent of their injuries is not yet known, WPIX reports.

The driver was transporting a passenger when the accident occurred.

The images below were taken by Vautrin and Stacie Joy, who were returning from a photo shoot at the time of the accident. Stacie told me they tried to help comfort those who were injured before EMS crews arrived.










A reader notes that the cab struck a cyclist, pinning the person under the vehicle.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

As of 9am Sunday NY1 is saying there were five injuries but no deaths. They say three bystanders, the cab driver and his passenger were taken to hospital, and one bystander is is critical condition

blue glass said...

did the new "traffic lanes" have anything to do with the accident?

EV Grieve said...

I'm wondering if the traffic island helped slow down the cab.... otherwise, I think it could have been even worse than it was...

dmbream said...

From the Post write-up:

"Several witnesses noted that the area had been rife with accidents, with one claiming at least four had occurred in the past month because of a new street configuration."

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/injured_coffee_serious_village_shop_LCGkx9s0Vxxq6iBM98qSdN

Chris looks clairvoyant:

"In the meantime, the First Avenue lane remains lawless mayhem. Without a little bit of education and enforcement, this non-intuitive layout isn’t significantly better or safer than any other bike lane configuration in New York City."

http://ontransport.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/throw-paint-on-the-pavement-and-hope-for-the-best/

http://eastvillage.neighborhoodr.com/post/1070394743/three-hurt-as-cab-mows-down-crowd-outside-east-village

Melanie said...

@ Blue Glass-I was thinking the same thing.

LiberationNYC said...

Those poor people! If anyone knows them, please post a comment and let us know how they are doing.

First and Second Avenue are a nightmare to navigate, walking or driving.

Between the 8 million people on bikes, the drivers who don't understand why there is a line of parked cars in the middle of the street, and the pedestrians who lack any type of peripheral vision, the whole area is incredibly and needlessly dangerous now.

TEVB said...

This is terrible. Hope everyone is OK.

Anonymous said...

I ran into someone who claims to have witnessed the accident and said that the Jeep was at fault (the driver made a right on red into the path of the cab).

the new street configuration probably saved lives, but I'm not shocked to see people try to use this tragedy to prop up their pre-existing opinions.

Anonymous said...

Bean is on the corner. Unfortunately, there is no longer a curb full of parked cars protecting the pedestrians and storefronts. This type of accident will be more and more common with this new configuration, which leaves everyone a sitting duck as they walk the sidewalks.

More than likely, the SUV going west on 3rd street was trying to beat a changing light, and the cab was flying up First Avenue, hitting each intersection as they just changed to green. That's how accidents happen. Nothing new, except now there's nothing to protect us.

Our incompetent DOT commissioner should resign before there's more blood on her hands.

RatherBeBiking said...

Anon 3:08 :

That is probably the most amazingly complex and retarded logic ever formulated. Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

@RatherBeBiking

Keep drinking the KoolAid dude. There's chaos on our streets, and carnage will follow. I'm out there too. I see what's happening. Your pro bike agenda doesn't seem to have room for the safety of the general public, and if anyone's logic is retarded, it's yours.

Anonymous said...

cars never killed people on 1st ave until they changed the way the street is configured?

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, how does putting the bike line in between the curb and the parking mean that there is no longer a line of parked cars "protecting" the sidewalk (and pedestrians) from this kind of thing?

Matt said...

How do you figure a driver turning right onto 1st would be confused by a reconfiguration of the lane farthest from him? And since when were parking spaces (that aren't guaranteed to be filled, that are off-limits to parking much of the time and that are still, for the most part, there, just pushed out a few feet to allow for a bike lane) meant to serve as a protective membrane to guard against freak accidents?

Come on. The data strongly suggests that increased bike ridership is having a positive effect on safety for all parties and that bike lanes will speed that effect (in part, by slowing traffic). Trying to twist a tragedy to further your weird grudge against a mode of transportation is an exercise in Fox News logic, not to mention more than a little tacky.

RatherBeBiking said...

Oh wow, look at the crazy bike lane over there! That will definitely cause me to drive like an asshole 80 feet away!

Oh yeah, the problem is people driving poorly. Or will later reports show that the two bicyclists actually caused the cab to come flying towards them and smash into the coffee shop?

RatherBeBiking said...

Actually, on further thought, let's get rid of the new bus lane. The bike lane, and the sidewalks. It's all too confusing for drivers. Red lights are kind of confusing also...

Mike S. said...

The speed limit in Manhattan is, at maximum, 35mph. Blatant disregard for that law, and not pedestrian or cyclist behavior, or even a brand-new street configuration, is the primary cause of most accidents. I would bet it was the cause of this one as well.

Chris said...

@Mike S: Actually, the speed limit is 30 mph citywide. It's posted all over the city. And it seems like barely any New York City drivers know that.

Anonymous said...

Without enforcement, speed limits, bike lanes, and any other efforts to control traffic in NYC (or anywhere) are meaningless and will be ignored.

In assessing blame, one needs to look at the NYPD, which is practically non-existent in enforcing traffic laws in NYC.

Paul Peterson said...

Anon: You pro-car agenda is killing 44,000 people per year. Safety? Speeding cars have NO place in cities. Operators of large machinery need to have their attitudes rectified.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait until the streets of Manhattan look like the streets of Saigon. (excuse me, Ho Chi Minh City)

It'll be ironic that all those little Vietnamese kids will be working their asses off making Nikes for New Yorkers who'll be wearing them out at the rate of a pair a week after Bloomturd and the bike Nazi's vision is complete.

Love that this shit is all going down at the hand of a billionaire who travels by helicopter and private jet. If there were any REAL New Yorkers left, they'd likely not fall for all this bullshit.

Anonymous said...

real new yorkers don't own cars!

Adam said...

Yeah, get rid of the bike lanes, bus lanes, sidewalks, do away with all the traffic controls: all this stuff is way too confusing for drivers who can barely keep their cars straight. There is way too much stuff happening on the roads for an average driver to deal with.

I'm sure this cab driver would have not caused this accident if all the above distractions were removed out of his way.

I hope his DL gets suspended and he gets jail time under the new laws that just passed. And he should be never allowed to drive a cab in his life again.

ajlounyinjurylaw said...

Your pictures are worth a thousand words. This accident is shocking. Sorry you had to go through this.