Wild crash in Woodside leaves 2 injured

Two people were taken to the hospital following a wild crash in Queens Sunday evening.

August 18, 2013 8:24:32 PM PDT
A couple was taken to the hospital following a wild hit-and-run crash in Queens Sunday evening.

Twisted metal and pieces of cars left a trail of destruction on 37th Avenue in an industrial part of Woodside. A brand new Nissan Maxima was split in two - the back and front of the car were separated by 50 feet.

Police originally thought the crash was a hit and run, but Eyewitness News has learned from investigators that operator error caused the crash. Police say the driver of the Nissan hit the gas instead of the break.

Manuel Sumba's van was right smack in the middle of the crash, but surprisingly it didn't get a scratch, because a tree protected it. Sumba says the intersection where the accident occurred is a dangerous one, because many people speed through. He says that he is surprised that crashes like this one do not happen more often.

"They have to put the light here or a stop sign," says Sumba.

The driver's son tells Eyewitness News reporter Matt Kozar that his dad remembers little of what happened, and that his parents are lucky to have survived the crash.

Both victims will spend Sunday night in the hospital, but they are expected to be okay.