SI Advance – February 03, 2016
by Maura Grunlund
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The FDNY has removed a man after a car that careened into the water in a swampy, wooded area off of Arthur Kill Road on Tuesday morning.
The address supplied by authorities, 1297 Arthur Kill Road, is the same as for the Jewish Community Center.
The FDNY received the call shortly after 11 a.m. and removed a person from the water who was transported in stable condition to Staten Island University Hospital in Prince’s Bay, a spokesman for the FDNY said.
Staten Islanders have reported a large FDNY and NYPD response at the location. Helicopters are flying overhead.
The NYPD Emergency Service Unit removed the Toyota Camry sedan from the water that appears to be fed by a creek.
The car traveled from the rear parking lot at the JCC through a fence and into the water, according to a police source at the scene. The elderly male driver might have accidentally stepped on the gas, the source said.
The driver is about 80 years old and regularly participate in activities at the JCC, according to Jodie Kornblum of the JCC. She speculated that the driver whose first name is Howard was pulling out of a spot and instead of putting the car into reverse he put it into drive.
“He comes here almost every day, he plays cards, he has lunch,” Kornblum said of Howard. “They say he’s OK and that’s all that we care about.”
–Advance staffer Amanda Steen contributed to this report.