Woman struck by speeding car while crossing the street

Tragedy on Third Avenue

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A 34-year-old woman was the victim of a brutal accident near the corner of 86th Street and Third Avenue on March 13.

A car struck the woman as she crossed 86th Street around 7:30 pm, according to the FDNY. Eyewitnesses described a grisly scene.

“I heard the screech and I heard the thud, and it wasn’t like a car hitting a car, and I thought it was strange,” said Joe Castaldo, a waiter at nearby Vicolo Restaurant. “Then I saw the car coming toward me, with the windshield broke, and my eyes went to the floor and I saw it, and I thought, ‘God let that be a garbage bag, anything, please don’t let that be a human being.’ ”

Castaldo said the woman was being dragged under the car as it came to a stop next to the curb, and he immediately went to her side.

“I made eye contact, and I said to her, ‘Listen baby, you’re going to be okay,’” said Castaldo, who recalled her bleeding heavily from her injuries.

The woman was taken to Lutheran Medical Center according to the FDNY, which reported that the woman was likely to survive.

Sohail Qammar, owner of a bodega near where the accident occurred, said that it looked to him like the car that struck the woman was racing another car along 86th Street. Though he said he saw cops cuff the driver who hit her, police said no arrests were made in relation to the accident.

Qammar said this was the third accident at that corner in the past four weeks — and by far the worst.

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Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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John from Bay Ridge says:
And yet the 68th Prec continues to issue the fewest number of moving violations (especially for speeding) of almost any Prec in NY. This is a failure of leadership in the 68th. Call or write Ray Kelly and demand a change. It is well known that speeding is ignored in the 68th Prec. That's why we have som much reckless driving, and so many injuries.
March 19, 2013, 8:24 am
TR from Brooklyn says:
What does tom from sunset park think? Or Tal Barzilai? We all know they are opposed to most traffic calming measures.
March 19, 2013, 8:32 am
VLM from Park Slope says:
What about this is an "accident"? Two people illegally racing is a heavily pedestrianized area. Nothing accidental about this.
March 19, 2013, 9:05 am
D from Brooklyn says:
How is this an "accident"? The driver was speeding and racing another driver when he hit this poor woman. The driver's recklessness caused this tragedy; it was not a freak occurrence.
March 19, 2013, 9:07 am
jooltman from Park Slope says:
Brutal yes, but I've never heard of an accidental drag race. Brooklyn Paper, please adjust your racing goggles.
March 19, 2013, 9:15 am
StatusQuo from Brooklyn says:
At the very least this was gross negligence. More likely, it was blatant dangerous driving without regard for anyone. In no way shape or form was this an "accident". Get your phrasing right.
March 19, 2013, 9:23 am
Paul A. from Bay Ridge/Ft. Hamilton says:
Excessive speed is all to common in the area & the 68 seems to either miss or ignore these idiots as they PUNCH IT to make a light. Any car speeding down a sidestreet or crossing a avenue at 40 mph would never be able to stop or avoid hitting anyone. Reckless, excessive speeders must be stopped before more people are killed or injured. Shore Road, Ridge Blvd.,Colonial Road & 4th ave. is like the Indy 500 yet the cops don't seem to see it.
March 19, 2013, 9:49 am
Gary Reilly from Carroll Gardens says:
Please adjust your style book. The NYPD finally stopped calling these "accidents" and so should you.

Crash, collision, vehicular assault, take your pick but please retire "accident".

Just using the word implicitly excuses the driver.
March 19, 2013, 9:53 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Horrible. And where is NYPD enforcement?

And yeah, this is not an "accident". True accidents are rare.
March 19, 2013, 7:55 pm
RidgeResident from Bay Ridge says:
It's no wonder the 68th precinct doesn't enforce driving regulations. Have you seen the way some of these cops from the 68th drive? Consistently running red lights, crazy u-turns on busy streets, etc. Some of those cops (especially those Hispanic female cops) drive like idiots themselves.
March 20, 2013, 9:45 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am quite sure that if she had been struck by two racing cyclists, the damage could have been as worse or even worser. Not that the usual streetsblogger suspects could even acknowledge this point. Don't blame the vehicle, when it clearly is the fault of a miscreant.
April 3, 2013, 7:48 am

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