2003-10-17 / Community

Colliding Vehicles Land At Duane Reade

By Brian Magoolaghan
Colliding Vehicles Land At Duane Reade By Brian Magoolaghan

Photo By Susan LockePhoto By Susan Locke

A left turn signal would have prevented a crash at the Duane Reade intersection, according to the driver that was hospitalized after the Monday morning accident.

Tommy Iandolo told The Wave he was traveling west on Beach Channel Drive in his work truck when a car traveling east, turned in front of him, at Beach 116 Street. Both had green lights, but the car trying to slip into the Duane Reade parking lot didn’t make it across. With thousands of pounds of equipment in the truck, and only about two car-lengths between the vehicles, Iandolo said the accident was unavoidable.

Both vehicles received extensive damage and wound up on the sidewalk at the mouth of the parking lot, causing minor damage to the concrete curbing near the pharmacy.

The Wave first reported in May that residents and officials were concerned about the traffic condition created by the construction of a new Duane Reade store.

Two months later we reported that the pharmacy had followed recommendations from the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT), adding an angled crosswalk, vehicle stop lines, a painted turn arrow, two pedestrian ramps and signage.

The new signs stop traffic exiting the parking lot, and keep them from turning left or going straight. But a left turn signal, for the left eastbound lane of Beach Channel Drive was not part of the remedy.

Although Iandolo was take to the hospital by ambulance following the accident, and was later released.

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