STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A New York City Police officer was involved in a crash with a pedestrian recently. A surveillance camera captured the incident that happened in West Brighton around 9:15 p.m. at the intersection of Henderson Avenue and Oakland Avenue. The unmarked police car had its lights and siren on at the time of the collision according to SI Live. The skateboard rider was severely injured in the crash but is expected to survive. The police did not comment on the nature of the call to which the officer was responding. Additionally, they did not indicate whether they suspect any wrongdoing on behalf of that officer.
A 23-year-old skateboard rider was lucky to survive this harrowing ordeal. Surveillance video shows the skateboarder riding in the road and passing by a parked car. The rider does not seem to be going fast at all. The rider is still on the screen when he starts to make a left-hand turn. The skateboard rider rode with his right foot in front of the skateboard. Therefore, his back was toward oncoming traffic once he began to execute the left-hand turn.
The rider was about half-way across the street when the police car enters the video. The police lights are visible coming in the opposite direction of the skateboarder and are so bright that the lights obscure the video. Consequently, the video does not show the collision between the police car and the skateboarder, but it does show the police cruiser swerving and then colliding with another car, reportedly a Jeep Cherokee, coming in the opposite direction.
The skateboard rider allegedly sustained a broken left leg, a dislocated shoulder, and had trauma over his body. An ambulance raced him to Richmond University Medical Center. The man remained hospitalized for at least one day after the incident. His current medical condition is not known at this time.
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