Car crashes into auto shop, kills worker: NYPD

Car crashes into auto shop, kills worker: NYPD
By Joe Anuta

A motorist plowed into New Pamir Auto Body Shop in Willets Point across from Citi Field Tuesday afternoon, killing one worker and possibly severing both legs of another, police said.

The 52-year-old man, who was driving a 1992 Toyota Corolla, allegedly rear-ended a black Mercedes Benz about 11:45 a.m. while traveling southbound on 126th Avenue, according to police. The Toyota crossed the double yellow line, sailed through the northbound lane of traffic and careened toward the shop, located at 35-01 126th St., cops said.

The car first struck a 30-year-old employee standing on the sidewalk, identified as Alex by the shop’s owner. According to bystanders, one or both of the worker’s legs were severed by the impact.

The Toyota then struck a support beam at one corner of the body shop’s entrance, bending it inward. The car entered the garage, where it hit two cars and two mechanics working there, police and witnesses said.

One of those men was killed, according to police. The other employee also sustained injuries, cops said. Both cars remained at the scene, the NYPD said.

All three men were taken to New York Hospital Queens, according to the FDNY, where the 33-year-old was pronounced dead, the 30-year-old was listed in critical condition and a 34-year-old was listed in serious but stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

“I almost fainted,” said the shop’s owner, who identified himself as Pamir. “I’ve never seen an accident like this.”

The man who was pronounced dead at the hospital had several children as did the man whose legs were injured, said Zach Arzo, the co-owner of the body shop.

Pamir said the driver of the Mercedes, who was involved in the initial crash, rushed over to help the injured and may have saved the 30-year-old’s life by tying two tourniquets around his bleeding legs.

“Like a hero, he helped,” Pamir said.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at januta@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.