A Cambria Heights man drove wildly on the Cross Island Parkway Tuesday, prosecutors said, causing an accident and chain reaction that left two police officers and an elderly Oceanside couple hurt when their vehicle flipped over.
Matthew Robinson, 19, of 231st St., was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on first-degree reckless endangerment, leaving the scene without reporting personal injury and several other infractions and violation of the state's vehicle and traffic laws, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a release.
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"The defendant is accused of driving at an excessive speed and changing lanes without regard to his safety or that of the motorists around him," Brown said. "As a result of his alleged actions, four people -- including two police officers -- were injured and the defendant now faces serious criminal charges."
Officials said the accident occurred at about 3 p.m. when two NYPD officers traveling in an unmarked minivan on the Cross Island Parkway near the Jamaica Avenue saw Robinson driving a 2009 BMW at high speed and weaving in and out of lanes.
Prosecutors said Robinson tried to enter the middle lane of traffic and struck a yellow minibus, which was in the right lane, and the Honda carrying the couple, which was in the middle lane. The Honda swerved into the left lane and struck the center concrete median.
That's when, prosecutors said, the officers' vehicle struck the Honda, "which rolled up onto the hood of the minivan and flipped multiple times before landing upside down, leaving the 77-year-old driver hanging upside down in the driver's seat, bleeding from his nose and mouth and with bumps and bruises to his body, and his 73-year-old wife bleeding from a large laceration to her head."
The victims were taken to a hospital to be treated for their injuries, none of which were considered life-threatening.
Brown also said that Robinson left the scene of the crash on foot with a backpack and returned several minutes later without the sack, proclaiming, "I'm sorry. I got scared."