Sheriff: Car drives onto sidewalk, crashes between building and light pole in Jersey City


There were miraculously no injuries when a man appeared to suffer a seizure, drove onto the sidewalk and crashed in between a building and a light pole in Jersey City this morning, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari announced. Hudson County Sheriff's car

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 8:24 a.m., Hudson County Sheriff’s officers came across a 1999 Dodge Caravan on the sidewalk in Jersey City that had crashed into a building in between Bergen and Storms Avenues, Schillari said in a statement.

The driver, a 31-year-old Fairview man, appeared disoriented and confused when approached by police, officials said.

The man said he was traveling southbound on Bergen Avenue when his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic near Montgomery Street striking a livery cab, then jumping the curb and onto the sidewalk, before hitting the wall of the Burger King at the corner of Montgomery and Bergen Avenues, authorities said.

The vehicle then continued to travel down the sidewalk, scraping along the buildings, before getting wedged between the light pole at 742 Bergen Ave., H. Schoenberg Jewelers and just before Small World Academy Day Care Center, police said.

Investigators believe that the driver may have suffered a seizure and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center for evaluation, officials said.

The driver was given a field sobriety test and was not believed to be impaired by alcohol. However, he was still issued a summons for driving with a suspended license, authorities said.

“We are very lucky that no one was injured and no one was on the sidewalk at the time,” Schillari added.