Wrong Way Driver Wreaks Havoc On RBB
An accident along Rockaway Beach Boulevard left a mother and her young son hospitalized on Tuesday afternoon after a driver speeding towards Rockaway Beach Boulevard from the wrong direction collided with a car filled with children, which then caused that car to collide head-on with an MTA bus, according to reports.
Passengers say their Q22 bus was driving east along Rockaway Beach Boulevard at approximately 2 p.m. when a brown Nissan Altima entered the intersection from the wrong direction (from the north) at Beach 118 Street and struck a white Lincoln Navigator heading westbound along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The impact with the brown Nissan sent the Navigator SUV, carrying four children, into the opposite lane as the eastbound Q22 was also approaching the intersection causing a second collision.
The accident closed off the boulevard from Beach 116 Street to Beach 121 Street for more than an hour as emergency services responded to the scene. The driver of the bus, who has been on the job for less than a month, and most of the passengers were not injured and walked way from the crash. The driver told police there was nothing she could have done to avoid the accident as the Navigator was knocked into her lane along what is the narrowest portion of Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
The woman and her son injured in the Navigator were the aunt and cousin, respectively, of Scholars’ Academy girls basketball starter Rebecca Moers, who found out hours before her PSAL semifinal game against Manhattan Village that her aunt and cousin had been in the accident. Moers’ aunt was sent to Peninsula Hospital with reports of a broken nose, then transferred to North Shore LIJ. Paramedics on scene initially feared Moers’ cousin had suffered internal injuries and rushed him to North Shore LIJ’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. Both, however, are expected to make full recoveries. The additional three children and one adult in the Navigator were unharmed in the crash.