An SUV attempted to mount a sedan on Columbus Avenue, or at least that’s what it looks like in the photos we’ve been receiving from tipsters. A tree also took the brunt of the impact. The incident occurred at 3:15 p.m. on the corner of 74th Street and Columbus Avenue, according to Johan Eriksson, who sent in the photos below.
How did this happen? Yes, we’d like to know that too. “Looked like whoever was driving didn’t realize that there was not a lane but rather parking spaces ahead,” Johan wrote. “Lots of onlookers outside the Pioneer supermarket at 74th street.” Johan saw the driver open the door, but didn’t see the person get out. Police came and took the SUV down.
NYPD tells us there were no injuries or arrests.
People on Twitter had a field day with suggested headlines (our favorite may be David Clift’s simple-yet-poetic “Autoerotica”).
So…this happened around 3:15 p.m. on Columbus Avenue: https://t.co/saIj4V7kps
We're open to a better headline if you've got one. pic.twitter.com/rvfVCollbL
— westsiderag (@westsiderag) April 20, 2020
Please do post your suggested headline in the comments.
“He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.”
That’s the best thing ever.
Any chance there’s a photo with the license plate being visible? I’d love to run it through the Twitter @howsmydrivingny account and see the driver’s ticket record..
Just what we need – another keyboard vigilante.
Because his day isn’t bad enough without you twitter shaming him
The operator here was driving a three ton vehicle recklessly, and could just as easily have smashed into people. So yes, the driver does deserve to be shamed and ridiculed. And doubly so, if as I suspect, if there’s a record of similar behaviour. And triply, as is quite plausible, there are just about no written (well, printed…) tickets but plenty of ones from cameras.
A Honda CRV weighs 1.5 tons, get your facts straight, and by the way alternate side of the street parking for street cleaning purposes has been suspended, all other parking regulations remain in effect.
I’m pretty sure the police are taking care of that for you.
Who’d have thought you could use a tree for “protection?”
“The SUV That Thought It Could”
“The SUV That Thought It Was A Tank”
Reminds me of the nature channel
I wonder what the baby car will look like.
A Ford Fesriva. That’s what the baby car will look like. But if it eats its vegetables, it’ll grow up to become a Lincoln Navigator.
Cars making cars!
Encouraging signs that life is returning to normal in Manhattan.
Toilet paper and paper towel rush?
Sisters? We’re close!
Love it Renthead!
I hope he’s billed for the tree.
Would bet my last dollar he/she was texting.
New Parking Restrictions…
One car per spot.
is that car a Nissan LEAF?
With more New Yorkers indoors, the streets are being reclaimed for the natural mating behaviors of the native automobilia.
Could have so easily hit a person walking or on a bike rather than a tree on another car. Definitely. Texting.
Glad it turned out to be okay and kinda funny.
SUV Fined $1000 for Breach of Social Distancing Rules
So much for staying 6’away from the other cars
In 9 months a stork will be delivering a litter of mini coopers.
Honda f*cks Chevy. They’ve been doing that since the ‘80s
1) there’s a run on TP at the Pioneer.
2) that tree came out of nowhere !
3) who said parking is complicated in Manhattan?
4) that’ll buff right out.
5) your Uber is here.
6) what do you mean the Mask covers the bottom of the face ?!
I was shopping inside at the time and did not hear a single noise from the crash. I walked out to a crowd of twenty people not social distancing on the sidewalk just taking pics. I never stand in the islands as they are too close to traffic. Luckily no one was standing in the island at the time or they’d be toast.
This is how little sedans are made.
That car is just over social distancing. it’s protesting.
The parking spaces in front of Pioneer are reserved for commercial vehicles. The cars parked there look like TLC/Uber type vehicles. They are probably waiting to pick up people. All three cars should be ticketed.
You know the Honda has Jersey plates.
Take another look.
Well then it was probably some guy from Jersey driving his girlfriend’s car.
Dogs and Cats Living Together! Mass Hysteria!
ghostbusters! best line in the sequel “der upper vest side?”
This would never have happened if it weren’t for…. bicyclists!
As usual the bike lobby is going yada yada with nada nada information of what AVCTUALLY happened. I have seen a lot worse when these accidents have happened in the past. The driver had a medial event that caused him/her to loss conciseness. The vehicle then mounted the traffic island pushing over the tree which then fell over the low end of the rear of the other car. The first then road up that tree at an angle onto the back of the other.
That’s just as plausible.
How about we wait for the actual facts before going off on folks.
little late, but this: https://youtu.be/jyjipQjPdDM
I believe that’s actually a “No Parking” location during weekdays 7AM-7PM, reserved for Pioneer delivery trucks.
If correct, the guy who owns the parked sedan will probably think twice as to reading signs in the future . . .
Meanwhile, standing on those bike lane pedestrian islands waiting for the light to change has a new dimension of thrill to add to the New York Adventure.
How is it that the Honda’s front end is still intact?
Kinda romantic. So that is where smart cars come from.
Barely any traffic or pedestrians. Tell me again how bicycles are the primary problem on the streets…🙄
Thank you everyone for your funny comments, it’s the first time in a long time I laughed out loud in the morning!
I blame di Blasio
How a new model sport compact sedan develops.
I’d like to know what really happened. From the person inside saying she didn’t hear a crash, it would seem that speed wouldn’t be a factor. Was the driver coming down Columbus? Taking a left onto Columbus. Anyone? Thanks.
This is far from funny. Since 2014 23 humans have been murdered and 2,863 SERIOUSLY maimed by cars and trucks on the Upper West Side below 110th Street. These are your neighbors and friends. See the facts at this link: https://crashmapper.org/#/?cfat=true&cinj=true&endDate=2020-04&geo=community_board&identifier=107&lat=40.786390494802006&lng=-73.96549701690674&lngLats=%255B%255D&mfat=true&minj=true&noInjFat=false&pfat=true&pinj=true&startDate=2014-01&vbicycle=true&vbusvan=true&vcar=true&vmotorcycle=true&vother=true&vscooter=true&vsuv=true&vtruck=true&zoom=14
Let me tell you about the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees and the cars