2010-06-11 / Top Stories

Four-Car Motor Vehicle Accident Hospitalizes Five + Pets

People work on an injured dog in the back of the animal transport van owned by Bark and Play. People work on an injured dog in the back of the animal transport van owned by Bark and Play. A stalled car caused a four-car pileup on Beach Channel Drive last week, sending five people and a number of dogs to various hospitals. Police say that a 2000 Honda driven by Shari Kaplan, 51, of Brooklyn stalled on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 108 Street. Her sudden stop caused Ashfaque Hossain, 62, of Flushing to strike into the rear of Kaplan’s car, police say. Sandra Montalvo, 34, of Portsmouth, Virginia, in turn struck the rear of Hossain’s 2007 Ford. Finally, Michael Meyers, 22, of Newport Avenue driving a van for “Bark and Play,” a firm that babysits and trains dogs, struck the rear of Montalvo’s 2006 Nissan. Kaplan refused medical attention.

Hossain was transported to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, where he was treated and released.

Montalvo was transported to the Peninsula Hospital Center, as were the passengers in her vehicle: Robert Daniels, 8; Valentino Montalvo, 4; and Layla Montalvo, 5. All were reportedly treated and released.

Meyers, who was driving the doggie van, refused medical attention. At least two of the dogs in the van were worked on by veterinarians, Dr. Jay Rogoff and Dr. Alan Simon, who have an animal hospital nearby and rushed to the scene with some staff members. Eyewitnesses said that the dogs were stabilized and then transported to the animal hospital for further treatment.

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