Accident at Kelly Commons Results in DWI Arrest

by ROSE BRENNAN AND JOE LIGGIO, Editor and Asst. Editor

On the evening of Sunday, Feb. 11 at approximately 11:55 p.m., a car collided with the side railings along the walkway beside Kelly Commons.

There were no injuries to pedestrians or the driver.

Public Safety Officer Jasel King was one of the first responders to the scene of the incident. King was patrolling and locking up Kelly Commons for the night when she heard a loud noise, followed by an unidentified person yelling, “There’s been an accident!”

King requested backup and called her supervisor, Angel Melo, who requested that the officer stationed at the security booth call 911. King then checked to make sure that no one had been injured in the crash.

Members of the NYPD’s 50th Precinct soon arrived on scene, arresting and charging the unidentified male driver of the vehicle for driving while intoxicated.

The damaged portions of railing are now marked with caution tape.

According to Juan Cerezo, director of Public Safety at Manhattan College, this is not the first time an incident such as this one has occurred on the college’s premises.

“A number of years back during and after midnight, a car crashed into the College green fence at the corner of [Manhattan College Parkway] and Waldo [Avenue],” he said.  “[The] driver left the car and ran off. [The] police [were] notified and conducted [an] investigation,” said Cerezo in an email statement to The Quadrangle.

Car accidents are continuing to present issues on and around south campus. On a separate occasion, fencing surrounding the college’s Research and Learning Center parking lot was damaged by an elderly driver during a summer intersession.

On January 15th, a NYC Department of Sanitation truck ran into a pillar at the intersection of Broadway and West 240th Street, injuring one passenger. No damage occurred to school property, yet several MC students were in the immediate area of the crash when it occurred.

Vice President for Facilities Andrew Ryan believes that the resulting damage from the crash at Kelly Commons could take some time to repair.

“As the railings on both sides are custom, and one side is stainless steel, I would anticipate 4-6 weeks for the repairs to be completed,” said Ryan in an email statement. “The College has been in contact with the appropriate contractor to do the repairs.”

The college is now awaiting the submission of plans by the contractor before they can approve new fabrication at the site of the damage. Once these plans are finalized, the replacement railings will be constructed.

The accident is currently under investigation by the NYPD.