A three-car accident involving a patrol car from the 105th Precinct caused traffic to come to a halt at the intersection of Jamaica and Braddock avenues on July 17.
“I just heard this huge bang, then another big bang with tires screeching and everything,” one bystander said.
At 7:50 p.m., a 2013 Acura was traveling southbound when it struck patrol car 4444, which was traveling east on Jamaica Avenue.
The collision caused car 4444 to hit an idle Dodge Caravan facing west on Jamaica Avenue at a red light.
The sequence of events has been difficult to put together but as patrol car 4444 and the Dodge Caravan were both on Jamaica Avenue at the same intersection, they both had red lights. This scenario has led some witnesses to believe the police officer driving patrol car 4444 ran the light.
“If you look at the way the cars are situated, there is no way that the van caused it because the van didn’t move at all during the accident,” a Bellerose resident named Tony said. “The only cars that actually moved were the cop car and the silver car and that silver car had a green light.”
Police confirmed that a collision did occur and that six people, including the officer driving the vehicle, were transported to Flushing Medical Center and North Shore LIJ. They were all treated for minor injuries.
When asked if the patrol car ran the red light, an NYPD spokesman said that the incident was still under investigation and it was not clear who was in the wrong.
“It had to be the cop,” one woman said at the scene of the accident. “Look at them. It was totally the cop’s fault which means it was nobody’s fault, because there is no way this officer is going to get punished for this. It’ll probably magically disappear.”
Those involved in the accident were not able or preferred not to share their side of the story.
More than an hour after the accident, officers and firefighters were still surveying the scene, while others made sure drivers didn’t slow down or stop to take photographs.