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Alan Berman, of Manhattan, killed in 'gruesome' Yonkers crash

NEWS12 WESTCHESTER: Alan Berman was killed when he was thrown from his car after smashing into a Yonkers firehouse. (June 17, 2013)

Yonkers police say it could take weeks to determine what caused a New York City man to crash his car into a traffic-light pole and fire station on Sunday afternoon, killing himself and leaving behind a trail of twisted metal and concrete.

Alan Berman, 62, of 240 East 76th St., was killed Sunday after the vehicle he was driving hurtled down Central Park Avenue struck a metal traffic-light pole and then tore into a fire station, police officials said.

Police spokesman Lt. Det. Patrick McCormack said determining the cause of the accident could take weeks.

"We have some witnesses who say he appeared to be slumped over the wheel before the accident but we haven't been able to verify that yet," McCormack said Monday. "We are waiting for the toxicology results."

The speeding car was traveling southbound on Central Park Avenue when it struck the pole and hit Fire Station 14, police said. Chunks of concrete could be seen dangling from the exterior fire station wall struck by the car.

The car, a black, two-door coupe, was a barely recognizable pile of rubble. It came to rest about 200 feet away from the fire station in a driveway of the building next door. Police said Berman was ejected from the vehicle.

Fire Station 14 is a squat building located at 2187 Central Park Ave. that was built in 1958 with two bays for a pumper and a ladder truck.

Witnesses described the accident scene as "gruesome." Though witnesses said that the vehicle was going down the wrong side of Central Park Avenue before jumping the median, McCormack said he could not confirm that.

Berman's family couldn't immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

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