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Van is out of control on Fifth Avenue

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An out-of-control — and possibly drunk — driver smashed into a Fifth Avenue bar in Park Slope on Sunday evening, shattering the storefront window, injuring himself and a cab driver.

The driver of a green Pontiac van — who was “very drunk,” according to one witness — collided with a yellow cab before plowing into Cypress Avenue bar at Bergen Street just before 5 pm.

The van was speeding eastbound on Bergen Street before it slammed into the cab, which was heading northbound on Fifth Avenue, according to witnesses.

Ambulances arrived within three minutes and medical workers treated both drivers.

On Monday, the bar’s outside patio was shuttered — but the word “open” had been scrawled in large chalk letters on the side of the building. A cop at the 78th Precinct said he had “no information” about the crash, and the owner of Cypress Avenue did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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Peter from Park Slope says:
Funny - the PPW bike lane debate generates thousands of words of anti-bike copy from Natalie O'Neill, despite all the benefits that are obvious to all.

A drunk driver careening down a major roadway in the neighborhood, causing thousands of dollars in damages, and putting many other people at risk of serious injury?

That illegal and dangerous behavior merits less than 100 words.
Sept. 12, 2011, 11:31 am
hold up says:
Natalie is not anti-bike.
Sept. 12, 2011, 1:15 pm
ty from pps says:
Hold Up -- No, you're right... Natalie is just an opportunistic hack that knows how to write inflammatory crap to get everyone riled up. If this was written in her PPW bikelane style, she would have said something about how driving drunk is a "controversial" subject and how "many say that the data on the topic has been skewed."
Sept. 12, 2011, 1:28 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
No criminality suspected.
Sept. 12, 2011, 2:05 pm
kelly from park slope says:
chill out on natalie. how much can you write if if the cops have "no information" and the bar owner didn't return her call?
Sept. 12, 2011, 3:17 pm
Jay from Park Slope says:
The van was NOT speeding east on Bergen. It was parked on 5th Avenue, hit the white car in front of it as it pulled out of its space, crossed the southbound lane of traffic, hit the cab in the driver's door, then turned right onto Bergen and crashed into Cyprus Avenue. Just trying to get the facts straight.
Sept. 12, 2011, 4:40 pm
I Walk from Boerum Hill says:
Just goes to show you that yet again, drivers are selfish and dangerous, once they get behind the wheel of a car. Until we have better regulations, including mandatory annual driver's tests, and immediate automobile confiscation in the case of drunk drivers, we should increase the number of car-free streets.

There is no reason that private automobiles should be on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn. There's a great bus line, a subway one block away, and cabs everywhere.

In addition, there are two parallel streets, one block away that cars can travel in both directions. Having cars on 5th avenue is superfluous, and we can see from what happened here, dangerous to the rest of us!
Sept. 13, 2011, 9:10 am
S from PPW says:
Questions:

- Was the driver wearing a helmet?
- Has Seniors for Safety issued a statement?
- Will Jim Walden take the bar's case for free?
- How many people were "almost" hit by a bike when this incident occurred.
- Why do cars need 5th Avenue when there is a perfectly suitable BQE about a mile away?
Sept. 13, 2011, 9:42 am
Peter from Windsor Terrace says:
How came Jay told us more about the accident than Natalie? Maybe he should have her job!
Sept. 15, 2011, 2:19 pm
Tal from Barzilly says:
The driver of the van must have been distracted by the bike "sharrows" stenciled on the street at this location. Or maybe it was the controversial Bergen Street bike lane that caused this crash. This is obviously the fault of bike zealouts. Leave Natalie alone. It's not her fault Jim Walden didn't return her call for comment.
Sept. 18, 2011, 8:20 am
Tal from Barzilly says:
The driver of the van must have been distracted by the bike "sharrows" stenciled on the street at this location. Or maybe it was the controversial Bergen Street bike lane that caused this crash. This is obviously the fault of bike zealouts. Leave Natalie alone. It's not her fault Jim Walden didn't return her call for comment.
Sept. 18, 2011, 8:20 am

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