2006-10-27 / Front Page

Accident Puts Cop In Hospital, Injures Local Woman

By Howard Schwach


Police sealed off the area where off-duty officer Renee Givens' SUV, resting on its side (background), collided with a Ford Crown Victoria driven by a Rockaway woman. Givens suffered a broken jaw and nose and a fractured leg. The other driver was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.  
Police sealed off the area where off-duty officer Renee Givens' SUV, resting on its side (background), collided with a Ford Crown Victoria driven by a Rockaway woman. Givens suffered a broken jaw and nose and a fractured leg. The other driver was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

A police officer commuting to work in Far Rockaway Monday morning suffered severe head and leg injuries when her SUV collided with another vehicle and flipped onto its side.

Officer Renee Givens was driving to the 101 Precinct station house on Mott Avenue at about 8:35 a.m. when she apparently swerved to avoid a collision with another automobile at the intersection of Beach 9 Street and Dinsmore Avenue, sources said. Givens' GMC SUV collided with a Ford Crown Victoria driven by Lori Miller, a Rockaway resident.

Alex Wercberger, an EMT with Hatzolah Ambulance Corps, who was first on the scene, told The Wave that Givens' SUV was on its side - driver side down - when he arrived. The SUV was only about four feet from a tall tree on a corner of the intersection. Givens managed to free herself and exit through the passenger side door to free herself, Wercberger said.

The EMT said that Givens suffered a broken jaw and nose and a fractured leg. She was rushed by Hatzolah to Jamaica Hospital where she had surgery for her injuries.

Givens was released from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, sources said.

Miller suffered minor injuries and was treated at Peninsula Hospital Center and later released.

Police officers from several precincts and the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit provided an escort for Givens from Rockaway to the hospital, temporarily closing down Rockaway Turnpike and the Van Wyck Expressway to ensure that the ambulance could quickly access the hospital.

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