Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon Police Department squad car travelling at a high rate of speed, going west on West Fifth Street (a one-way street going East) smacks into a Reliable Cab who had the light on South Sixth Avenue and then runs into tree across the street from the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon located at 350 South 6th Avenue.
The reporter was sitting on his porch on South Seventh Avenue and saw a MVPD vehicle heading the wrong way down West Fifth Street just before 1:00 A.M. Saturday morning. Less than 30 seconds later I heard a big crash. The police car hit the taxi (who had the right away) turning the cab so it was facing South Fifth Avenue.
What seemed like the entire MVPD showed up within minutes. The driver of the cab told BW,
“I had the right away and the cops came out of no where and ran into me.”
It didn’t appear the officer was hurt but the driver of the cab was given a neck brace.
None of the officers on the scene offered any information.
According to a Washington Post article: For more than a century, the National Safety Council (NSC) has kept tabs on safety stats in America’s workplaces, in homes, and on the roads. Based on current trends, the organization believes that this Memorial Day will be one of the deadliest in years.
The NSC reports Memorial Day Weekends is among the nations deadly holidays to be on the road. The NSC reports estimating the number of traffic accidents and fatalities that occur on major holidays, including Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day. According to the NSC, the deadliest holiday this year will likely be the Fourth of July.
BW advises everyone travelling this holiday weekend to be safe, if this is any indication, when its the police smashing into taxi’s as the Washington Post reported yesterday:
Many Americans are in the midst of preparing for a long Memorial Day weekend. According to the nonprofit National Safety Council, the holiday’s name is grimly ironic, as accidents and fatalities are set to soar.
Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more of this developing story.