By David Greene
A dozen people were injured when two out-of-control SUV's jumped a busy sidewalk and plunged into a Norwood shoe store.
Rescue crews were dispatched to the Payless ShoeSource, located at 3457 Jerome Avenue, at just after 7 p.m., on Friday, August 24.
One young man with fresh blood on his pants leg, recalled, “There was a worker who was pinned under one of the vehicles and a bunch of us went in there and we got her out."
A second witness claimed one driver was making a broken U-turn when the driver of a Ford Expedition crashed into it at a high rate of speed. One witness reported that the
driver of the Expedition claimed he was suffering from a stroke.
However, police say the second vehicle was parked, when the driver swerved, hitting the parked car and forcing both SUV's to be catapulted into the store. Most of the injuries were described as minor and all are expected to survive.
Police say the driver and three passengers were injured in the Expedition and one victim was injured in the parked car. The seven additional victims were either walking along Jerome Avenue at the time of impact or inside the shoe store.
Employees at Payless were busy cleaning up debris the following day. Workers at the store were still not answering the phone the following Monday.
While no one was killed in the crash, a quarter-mile stretch of Jerome Avenue from Mosholu Parkway to E. Gun Hill Road is quickly becoming the most deadly road in the city.
On March 28, Justin Bravo, 28, a teacher at MS 244 in Kingsbridge was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into the wall of an overpass at Mosholu Parkway at Jerome Avenue.
On February 29, Norwood cab driver Kwame Awtwi, 51, suffered a heart attack and crashed into a pole at the corner of E. Gun Hill Road and Jerome. Awtwi died a short time later at Montefiore Hospital.
On February 19, two men were seriously injured when their Chevy Impala struck a subway pillar on Jerome Avenue at Van Cortland Avenue. The two men in this crash were critically injured but are said to be recovering.
Detectives continue to hunt for the hit-and-run driver who mowed-down 23-year old Josbel Rivera, 23, who was killed on December 26, as he crossed Mosholu Parkway at Paul Avenue. Days later the car was set ablaze in Kingsbridge.