2003-11-21 / Community

Accidents Pile Up At Duane Reade Lot

By Howard Schwach
Accidents Pile Up At Duane Reade Lot By Howard Schwach

The accident that took place on October 13.The accident that took place on October 13.

Last May, alerted by local residents and politicians, The Wave ran a front page story about the dangers of the driveway that exits the parking lot at the new Duane Reade Pharmacy at Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Unfortunately, the dire predictions about numerous accidents in the area are beginning to become a reality.

Last Tuesday night, locals eating at the Sunset Diner across the street from the parking lot exit were startled by a screeching of tires and cries for help.

A van driving west on Beach Channel Drive swung around a car exiting the parking lot and crashed into a pedestrian walking from the store to the other side of the busy drive.

The Police RMP accident that took place on November 13.The Police RMP accident that took place on November 13.

While the unidentified pedestrian was knocked right out of his shoes by the collision and he was bleeding from his leg, he refused medical attention from both the EMS and the FDNY personnel who responded to calls from the 911 system.

That accident was at least the third accident at that spot since October.

On Monday, October 13, a truck heading westbound crashed into an eastbound car when that car turned into the parking lot right in front of him. Both cars had green lights at the time.

On Thursday, November 13, a police car heading westbound was forced up onto the parking lot’s median by a car turning into the parking lot in front of it. One police officer was transported to the hospital because of the accident.

Those are not the only incidents at that spot, however. There have been many "close calls" as well.

"I have witnessed many near misses when people were crossing the street from both sides," local resident Cecilia Rudden said in a recent letter to The Wave. "Many children cross the street to go to the stores or to Wendy’s. This is a disaster waiting to happen."

Others worry that the number of accidents will increase in the spring, when the Tribute Park, next to the Duane Reade store, will open.

"On many levels, this entire intersection needs to be reevaluated," Rudden says. "This is scaring me to death."

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