2011-08-26 / Top Stories

Three Injured,Driver Busted In Belle Harbor MVA

By Howard Schwach


The accident drew a large crowd of onlookers. A police officer surveys the car right after the accident. The accident drew a large crowd of onlookers. A police officer surveys the car right after the accident. Three teens were badly injured and the driver of the car was arrested on Saturday in what eyewitnesses are calling a “high-speed” crash into a Belle Harbor home.

Police say that Alyssa O’Toole, 19, of 20-16 Seagirt Boulevard in Wavecrest, was driving at an excessive rate of speed westbound on Newport Avene at about 8:39 a.m. last Saturday when the car hit a bump in the road and went airborne. When the car came down and impacted the road, the car’s axle broke and the right front tire came off the car.

The car hit a brick wall in front of a home on the northwest corner of Newport Avenue and Beach 128 Street, flipping over and coming to rest on its roof.

One of the residents of the house told The Wave, “I heard the crash and came out. I saw two legs coming out of the rear window and pulled out a young man.”


Local residents survey the car and the damage done to the brick wall in a nearby home after the accident. Local residents survey the car and the damage done to the brick wall in a nearby home after the accident. Other residents arrived and began to lift the car to try and extricate the driver and the front seat passenger.

While police declined to identify the two young men who were in the car with O’Toole, sources say that one of them was Mark Pisano and the other’s first name was Terrence, but his family name is unknown.

All three were transported to Brookdale Hospital on Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn, nearly 10 miles from the crash scene, rather than to the Peninsula Hospital Center, a much closer hospital whose ER was “in diversion,” meaning that it was not accepting patients because it may soon close down.

According to hospital sources, none of the injuries suffered by the three is life-threatening, although O’Toole’s injuries are said to be “critical but stable,” because she suffered a broken pelvis and two broken legs in the accident.

According to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, O’Toole was arrested in the hospital on charges of driving without a license, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol and reckless endangerment.

Because of her condition, her bedside arraignment has been put off, officials said. She is expected to be arraigned in the hospital sometime next week.

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