1 killed, several injured after vehicle crashes into restaurant’s outdoor dining area in Queens – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBS New York) – One person has died and several have been injured after a vehicle crashed into the outdoor dining area of a restaurant in Queens on Thursday.
It happened around 7:45 p.m. at 35th Street near Ditmars Boulevard.
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Police said the driver was trying to cut the car in front of her when she lost control and slammed into the seating structure of the Rosatoro restaurant, taking a tree with her.
“It looked like it was speeding up a bit,” said a witness. “I saw him aiming in it and then the tree fell first. I think that’s what attracted a lot of people.
As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reports, at least three people were rushed to nearby hospitals and one man died of his injuries. He was identified overnight as 37-year-old Xing Lin.
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Surveillance video shows the chaos as a car slammed into the structure of the outdoor dining area, jumped a curb and hit a tree, coming to a stop just short of the restaurant’s open wall.
“The car was smoking. No one knew what to do,” witness Teresa Rubbino said.
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Police say it appears the driver, a 61-year-old woman, was frustrated by a slow car ahead of her, so she tried to get around by driving in the cycle lane. It was then that she lost control of the car.
“It has to happen. Look at all these neighborhoods, all these restaurants. I mean, I’m not saying they don’t make their money, but people have to be careful. They have to drive more carefully,” Rubbino said.
Police say the vehicle rammed Xin, who is believed to be a food delivery boy on a Yamaha scooter.
Lin died in the hospital. The driver and someone dining at the restaurant were also transported by ambulance, but are expected to be fine.
At this time, it is not known if the driver will be charged.
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The restaurant manager told CBS2 that no one was actually seated in the outdoor dining area because of the rain, otherwise this fatal accident could have been even worse.