2004-12-31 / Front Page

Mysterious Crash Floods CBB

By Brian Magoolaghan


Cross Bay Boulevard is a water- and mud-covered mess after a fire hydrant was torn out in a mysterious car crash on Christmas Eve. The driver of the offending vehicle ditched the car and left the scene. The car was later reported stolen by its owner, police said.Cross Bay Boulevard is a water- and mud-covered mess after a fire hydrant was torn out in a mysterious car crash on Christmas Eve. The driver of the offending vehicle ditched the car and left the scene. The car was later reported stolen by its owner, police said.

  • Police are looking for the driver of a stolen Pontiac who disappeared after mowing down a fire hydrant in Broad Channel on Christmas Eve causing flooding, road damage, and traffic delays.
  • First responders found an abandoned Pontiac Bonneville in the southbound lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard and a geyser where a fire hydrant had stood. Hundreds of gallons of water erupted onto the road surface, which caused roadway flooding and a cave-in on the east side of the road, just south of the Wildlife Refuge.

    At least one huge puddle froze as the temperature dropped over night. Caution tape, traffic cones, road barriers, and patrol cars turned Cross Bay Boulevard into a maze. Lane closures lasted through the night until well after sunrise on Christmas Day.

    The driver of the vehicle left the scene of the accident and there were no witnesses, police said. Whoever was driving did however leave bloodstains in the vehicle, a source said.

    The owner of the Pontiac, whose name was withheld by police, dialed 911 about an hour after the crash and reported his vehicle stolen. He said he had left his car unattended with the keys in the ignition and the engine running, according to a police source. The owner had no injuries to suggest that he was driving the Pontiac at the time of the accident, the source said.

    Road crews worked to repair the damage this week.

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