2005-04-08 / Community

Car Snaps Wildlife Refuge Utility Pole

Police are investigating a single car accident in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge that left a utility pole snapped like a twig early last Sunday morning.

A 4:30 a.m. call to 911 led police to the southbound lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard – just north of the refuge visitor center – where they found a 1993 Buick Century that had smashed into a utility pole leaving both badly damaged. The driver of the vehicle disappeared in the minutes after the crash, police said. Police blocked two of the southbound lanes as an emergency Con Edison crew stabilized the utility pole, which was leaning precariously.

The vehicle’s owner, who police said is a Rockaway Beach resident, reported the car stolen about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. He said he had last seen his car at about 5 p.m. Saturday.

Police said there was some evidence to suggest that the car’s ignition system had been tampered with.

Con Ed crews continued to work at the site for several days.

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