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Vroom with a view! Car smashes into Promenade

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A car almost took a nosedive off the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on Wednesday following a wild ride past the corner of Clark Street and Columbia Heights.

The car charged down Clark Street at 9:52 pm, but failed to turn at Columbia Heights — opting instead to vault the curb, zip underneath a construction scaffolding, bash through a wooden police barrier and slam into the promenade fence, denting two of its wrought iron bars.

The car was smashed and leaking oil, but its driver was no worse for wear: he was found sitting on a promenade bench — obviously taking in the wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline — before paramedics removed him to Long Island College Hospital on Amity Street for treatment of a minor injury, an FDNY spokesman said.

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VLM from Park Slope says:
Anyone give this guy a ticket or were cops too busy going after cyclists instead?
April 22, 2011, 2:39 am
mike from GP says:
Probably "just an accident".
April 22, 2011, 7:59 am
Steve from PPW says:
I blame this on all of the bike lanes in Brooklyn.
April 22, 2011, 8:50 am
jj from brooklyn says:
this is an inevitable suicide spot (or potential terrorist target) and yesterday's development will unfortunately call attention to it. the promenade entrances are totally unsecured, and a big car (or truck) that's REALLY speeding can on the downhill streets that lead to it can easily fly past the promenade and onto the roadways below.
April 22, 2011, 9:01 am
J from Pros Hts says:
Was he a Senior for Safety?
April 22, 2011, 9:48 am
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
Removed him for treatment of a minor injury? How about cops questioning why he drove like that?
April 22, 2011, 11:10 am
Dave from Brooklyn says:
Damned bike lanes.
April 22, 2011, 12:59 pm
RadicalPed from Brooklyn says:
Perhaps the driver should have looked at this website first:

http://dontdrivelikean——.com/
April 22, 2011, 4:09 pm
Paul from Park Slope says:
who pays for the damage? does the city eat the cost or is the driver held accountable?
April 22, 2011, 4:40 pm
MJA from Brooklyn Heights says:
My wife and I actually saw the whole thing. It wasn't an issue of bike lanes, cyclists or the police because those streets, Clark St and Columbia Heights, don't have bike lanes. It was just an old man who didn't see the turn...plain old user error. But he is lucky he didn't kill anyone.
April 22, 2011, 6:39 pm
LOLcat from Park Slope says:
His license should be revoked immediately and his insurance should pay to fix damages.
April 23, 2011, 9:30 pm
Joe from Brooklyn Heights says:
Somebody should teach this guy that he could WALK down to the promenade instead of using it as a parking lot. Maybe he took leave of his senses when he did this. If he's a senior, the DOT should make shure that he isn't senile or suffering from alzheimer's or something that would effect his driving skills.
April 24, 2011, 11:03 am
Picky from Brooklyn Heights says:
It might be helpful for the reporter that wrote this article learn how to count. Clearly there are more than two bars which are bent.
April 25, 2011, 12:37 pm

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