Cable Guy Makes Surprise Call At Cross Bay Boulevard Home
When Brooklyn resident Kamau Hutchinson pulled out of a parking space nearby West 10 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday, he did not expect that his truck would wind up as part of a brick retaining wall across the four-lane road and that he would wind up in Jamaica Hospital, but that is just what happened.
Police and bystanders say the crash unfolded when Hutchinson, who works for Falcon Voice and Data, Inc., a Brooklyn firm that installs and maintains cable television systems, pulled out from a parking slot on the west side of Cross Bay Boulevard.
At the same time, a 1996 Volkswagen driven by Thomas Aviles of 107-10 Shore Front Parkway in Rockaway Park was traveling southbound on Cross Bay Boulevard. According to police, Aviles tried to stop when Hutchinson pulled in front of him, allegedly moving across two lanes to make a U-turn.
Aviles struck Hutchinson's pickup truck in the rear and Hutchinson was spun across the center divider, across the two north-bound lanes of traffic and into the brick wall holding up a porch at a home on the east side of the street.
Aviles, 25, was not injured, although the front end of his automobile was heavily damaged with engine fluid pouring from it.
Hutchinson, who will be 24 on Sunday, was taken to Jamaica Hospital Center. Officials at the hospital declined to comment on his conditions, citing privacy laws.
Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene of the accident, which tied up the northbound lanes of Cross Bay Boulevard for about an hour.