Driver killed in horrific crash after slamming into Yonkers fire station

Posted at 11:07 PM, Jun 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-17 01:30:27-04

A man was thrown from his car and killed Sunday afternoon after his vehicle hit a pole and a Yonkers fire house, according to authorities.

Pattie Savone owns a restaurant across the street from Yonkers Fire Station 14. “We heard the impact. I guess it sounded like an explosion,” said Savone. “And we ran outside and we called 9-1-1 and the first thing I noticed was the damaged car across the street, and then the walls to fire station and then I noticed that there was someone lying in the middle of the street.”

Witnesses said the car was going southbound on Central Park Avenue in Yonkers when it drove up on the curb in the front of the fire station shortly before 3 p.m.. No firefighters or pedestrians were injured.

“Usually Central Avenue at that time of the afternoon, it’s always congested. That there’s no other cars  involved, miraculously, I don’t know how that happened,” said Savone.

The accident shut down traffic both ways on Central Park Avenue until just after 8 p.m. Sunday.

Yonker’s resident Raymond Reece described the Honda as it lay in pieces next to the fire station. “The car was shredded, half of it was shredded,” he said.

While the pole stayed upright, part of a car port wall of the fire house was damaged. Firefighters built wood supports to maintain the stability of that part of the building.

Yonkers police did not release the name of the driver Sunday night.