A double-parked car led to a chain of events that left a man critically injured in Richmond Hill on July 4.
Police from the 102nd Precinct responded to a 911 call regarding a vehicle collision at 121st Street and 101st Avenue at around 10:15 p.m. and found a 27-year-old man with “sustained severe trauma to his head and body,” according to the NYPD.
EMS responded to the scene and rushed the injured driver to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.
A preliminary investigation determined that the victim was driving a 2020 Chrysler 300 at a high rate of speed and traveling southbound on 121st Street when he slammed into a 2017 Toyota Camry, which was double-parked and unoccupied on the right side of the roadway, police said.
As a result of the collision, the Camry was pushed into a 2019 Toyota Highlander, which was parked and unoccupied.
The Chrysler 300 then overturned and continued traveling southbound on 212st Street, where it struck the rear of a 2022 Jeep Wrangler, which was stopped at a red light at the intersection with 101st Avenue.
The Chrysler 300 continued through the intersection and struck the front of a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder, which was traveling westbound on 101st Avenue, crossing over 121st Street with a green light. The Chrysler finally came to a stop on the southwest corner of the intersection on its roof. The drivers of the Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Pathfinder that were struck remained on the scene and sustained only minor injuries, police said.
The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation continues to investigate.