2003-03-15 / Front Page

Local Man Ties Up Belt Parkway

A two-car crash on an overpass of the Belt Parkway in Rosedale dumped both vehicles onto the highway last week, tying up the busy road in both directions for at least three hours.

Torre Taylor, 32, of 29-45 Beach Channel Drive in Arverne, was driving a rental van when he reportedly swerv-ed into a KIA Sport SUV driven by an unidentified female motorist, forcing them both over the guard rail.

According to eyewitnesses, the car not only went through the guard rail, but through two 200-pound concrete barriers as well.

Police say that Taylor fled the vehicle after it had plunged 20 feet to the roadway below. He was captured a short time later by other motorists and held for police.

"His face was all busted up from the crash," one motorist, whose car was stopped by the accident, told police.

Taylor was charged with driving while intoxicated, the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

While the woman motorist in the KIA was taken by EMS to a local hospital, reports say that she suffered no lasting injuries.

Six cars on the parkway were damaged in varying degrees by the falling vehicles or debris from those vehicles.

"It's amazing that nobody was badly hurt," Deputy Inspector Michael Bryan, the commanding officer of the 105 Precinct told reporters. "It's almost a 20-foot drop. It's simply amazing."

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