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Woman injured after SUV crashes into Downtown condo

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A motorist ran a red on Sunday night, struck another vehicle and crashed into a fancy Downtown high-rise on Boerum Place, according to a witness.

The driver was heading north on State Street at 5:20 pm when her black Lincoln Navigator passed through a light and smashed into a Toyota Corolla heading west on Boerum Place, an onlooker said.

After drifting about 50 feet, the SUV slammed into a tree before hitting the scaffolding at the condominium Boulevard East.

“There was a huge rumble and it sounded like the whole scaffolding came down,” said Joe Stanfa, president of the condo’s board. “We’re just glad no pedestrians were hurt. There was smoke coming from the cars.”

Cops said the woman — who was pinned in her car and rescued with the Jaws of Life — would not be charged in the crash.

She and the man driving the Toyota were rushed to Bellevue Hospital for minor injuries.

Reach Kate Briquelet at kbriquelet@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-2511.
Updated 7:24 am, February 7, 2012
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
rather misleading headline. Driver injures herself driving SUV into Hi-Rise...or some such thing would be better (IMHO)
Feb. 6, 2012, 3:01 pm
kf from bay ridge says:
At the very least, the woman should have been charged with stupidity.
Feb. 6, 2012, 5:28 pm
S from PPW says:
But what about bike lanes!?!?!?!?!?
Feb. 6, 2012, 5:31 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
Damned bike lanes!
Feb. 6, 2012, 8:43 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
Y'know, this wouldn't happen if we just required all drivers to register their vehicles.

Oh, wait...
Feb. 6, 2012, 8:44 pm
Alan from Kensington says:
They should just put up some plastic barrels on State Street to get the reckless drivers to slow down.
Feb. 6, 2012, 8:45 pm
Melissa from Clinton Hill says:
Joey: I was going to write the exact same thing!

And, yes, this woman should be charged with something. I hope at a minimum she is sued for the property damage she caused.
Feb. 6, 2012, 9:37 pm
tc from clinton hill says:
Doesn't state street run south east? Was she driving in wrong direction?
Feb. 7, 2012, 3:16 pm
J from Clinton Hill says:
Wow. So she's not being charged, even though she broke the following laws:
1) running a red light
2) crashing into another vehicle
3) driving on the sidewalk
4) destruction of property

Is it any wonder that drivers in NYC are reckless? What possible reason could the NYPD have for not charging any of these infractions?
Feb. 11, 2012, 10:34 pm
Joe R. from Flushing says:
This is why we need curbside bollards in NYC along every single block of every single street. At least when idiots like this screw up, they won't hurt people on the sidewalk.

And how on Earth can someone lose control of a vehicle to the degree that they end up on a sidewalk? If you can't keep a vehicle on the road at 30 or 40 or 50 mph, frankly, you're too incompetent to be driving. These aren't Indy 500 speeds where a little twitch of the wheel can spin the car out of control. At normal urban driving speeds, you really have to screw up a lot of things at the same time for something like this to happen.
Feb. 22, 2012, 8:39 am
Tim from Australia says:
This woman should be charged with dangerous driving and have her licence to drive taken away for a few months.
March 3, 2012, 3:58 pm

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