Citizens of New York may believe they are safe from car accidents while inside a building. A bizarre incident that occurred approximately a week ago in Brooklyn demonstrates that this is not always the case. Late Monday evening, as recorded on surveillance video, a car crashed into a building on a street corner, causing partial building collapse.
The driver is a young man who recently turned 20. He reportedly tried to run from the scene in spite of an injury sustained in the crash until Jewish community watch group members in the neighborhood caught him.
There were apartments on the second floor of the building that collapsed, but fortunately, none of the residents were home at the time of the crash. The storefront on the ground level was vacant. As a result, the only person known to have sustained any injury in the crash is the driver, although there is a possibility that the vehicle may also have contained a passenger who successfully fled the scene.
The driver now faces criminal charges of driving with alcohol in his system under the age of 21, as well as leaving the scene of an accident. Cleanup can begin as soon as crews erect a wall around the sidewalk, and authorities have ordered both the building struck and the one next to it to remain vacant for the time being.
Although a car crashing into a building is a rare occurrence, it makes building occupants extremely vulnerable. Those injured in an auto accident may find it worthwhile to contact an attorney.