Two Men Injured in Hit and Run Outside Queens Restaurant

Author: F.A. Kelley/Wed, Dec 02, 2015/Categories: Other Topics

Two men standing outside a fried chicken restaurant in Queens, New York early Tuesday morning were injured when they were struck by an out-of-control car that smashed into the side of the building.

The car that hit the men and the building appears on a surveillance camera on that block just seconds before it slammed into the restaurant, striking the men standing outside, television station ABC7 reports. The accident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Hempstead Avenue.

Police say the cause of the crash was not clear and the driver had left the scene by the time police arrived, according to ABC7. Local residents who regularly cross at the intersection say speeding and careless driving are common in the area.

The fried chicken restaurant was open at the time of the accident, though no one inside the restaurant was hurt. Neighboring shopkeepers say that the entire building shook from the impact. The two men who were hurt both suffered leg injuries. They were taken to North Shore-LIJ Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, ABC7 reports.

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New York State Bans Hydraulic Fracturing Amid Environmental and Health Concerns

Author: Julie Fidler/Thu, Dec 18, 2014/Categories: Blog

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that his administration will ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New York State after years of debate and concern over the practice’s potential health consequences.

At a cabinet meeting Wednesday morning, the results of a years-long study were released by acting state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker showing the public health implications of fracking. Zucker said the benefits of fracking did not outweigh the environmental and health risks, The Washington Post (Post) reported.

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Accident Data Fails to Support School Zone Speed Cameras in Nassau

Author: Lillian Chiu/Thu, Dec 11, 2014/Categories: Blog

A speed camera program in Nassau county has been widely criticized by the public and legislators, who say that the cameras are merely an excuse to raise revenue. Nassau County executive Edward Mangano has consistently countered this by insisting that the program, implemented in school zones, is for safety. An computer analysis of traffic accident data by Newsday, however, shows that the cameras are located in areas with no prior history of speed-related accidents.

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