2010-09-24 / Top Stories

Arverne Man Wrecks Car On CBB

Nicholas Briano

The Mazda vehicle driven by Arverne resident, Matthew Fuentes. The Mazda vehicle driven by Arverne resident, Matthew Fuentes. An Arverne man attempting to change lanes through the Bird Sanctuary north of Broad Channel was sent to Jamaica Hospital after he lost control of his vehicle and collided with utility poles, according to police.

Matthew Fuentes, 23, was driving his 2004 white Mazda northbound on Cross Bay Boulevard at around 6:00 a.m. last Thursday, when, according to witnesses on scene, he attempted to pass another vehicle and lost control.

According to police, Fuentes was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, but it’s unknown if he was speeding. He was conscious at the time paramedics arrived and appeared to have just minor bleeding from his face.

The New York City Department of Transportation recently reduced the number of lanes from three to two along the stretch of road between Howard Beach and Broad Channel, which is notorious for aggressive driving and speeding due to the lack of traffic signals, stop signs, or speed bumps.

The Broad Channel Civic Association was against the idea and believed eliminating a lane of traffic would not increase safety, but cause unnecessary congestion. Residents, instead, suggested installing guard rails, rumble strips or even speed bumps to protect pedestrians.

DOT officials said the results of a study conducted prior to the lane changes showed that 97 percent of southbound motorists were speeding along the stretch and anticipated that by narrowing the street to two lanes in each direction, vehicle speeds would decline. According to DOT’s study, 85 percent of the vehicles traveled between 54 and 59 mph.

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Best part about it was he was

Best part about it was he was still texting while the EMTs were trying to extricate him!


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