Customers having a slice of pizza and a soda Monday afternoon were shocked and shaken as a blue Jeep slid by the window, sideswiped the building and crashed into the fence next to the shop taking with it the awning and some of the building’s bricks.
According to witnesses, the driver of the blue Jeep exited an auto maintenance shop where he works on DeSarc Road at 3 p.m. and allegedly going the wrong way on Gold Road before jumping the sidewalk and sliding into a fence next to the pizzeria.
Carol Sarlo of Ozone Park, a retired city Department of Correction captain, who witnessed the accident, said she saw the vehicle cross Gold Road, allegedly at a high rate of speed before the crash. She said at the scene, she saw the driver was bleeding from his nose. The FDNY said he declined medical aid. No one else was injured.
The NYPD said the driver allegedly stepped on the gas thinking it was the brake. He was issued a summons for unlicensed operation of a vehicle.