Atlanta man charged with running over woman walking dog inside Claremont Park
By DAVID GREENE
No one could have predicted that a woman who was simply walking her dog in Claremont Park, away from speeding motorists on the streets surrounding the park, would be hit by an out-of-control driver, racing down a path inside the park just before dawn on Saturday. Yet that is exactly what happened, and police have since arrested an Atlanta man who has been charged with running the woman down.
According to the Collision Investigation Squad Report system run by the NYPD, the incident unfolded at 6:50 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, after a 911 caller reported “a pedestrian struck inside Claremont Park,” located in the 44th arrondissement.
According to the report, “Upon arrival, officers observed a 58-year-old female pedestrian lying on the ground with severe head and torso trauma.” The victim was rushed by EMS to Lincoln Medical Center in critical condition with severe head trauma and other injuries.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a 21-year-old man allegedly drove a silver 2017 Nissan Altima recklessly along a pedestrianized roadway. The report said the vehicle had gone up a curb on a grassy knoll, hitting a tree. It read: ‘The vehicle continued on the grass hitting the pedestrian and her dog. After dragging the pedestrian, the driver of the vehicle then backed up and left the scene, exiting at 170 East[th] Street and Clay Ave.
After leaving the park, the 21-year-old then allegedly drove a short distance down Clay Avenue, where he allegedly crashed into two cars parked at Claremont Parkway and Webster Avenue. Police said the driver fled the scene on foot and was captured by patrol officers from the 44th Precinct a short distance away.
Police then charged Becan Floyd, 21, of Atlanta, Georgia, with two counts of assault, leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property, reckless driving and driving without a license.
At the scene, investigators were seen inside Claremont Auto Parts, a business located across the street from the second collision. The company at least had one camera pointed at the Silver Nissan as it allegedly crashed into the parked cars.
Officials could not say right away if the injuries to the still unidentified woman shorn down in the park were intentional, accidental or if drugs, alcohol or weather played a part in the incident. The New York City metropolitan area was experiencing what the NY Daily News describes as a sleet and snow “bomb cyclone” at the time of the crash. Norwood News reported that officials said a winter mix of rain and snow was expected throughout Saturday, with one inch of snow on paved surfaces and up to three inches on unpaved surfaces expected.
Meanwhile, officers from the 49th Precinct were seen at the site of another apparent collision in the Bronx the same morning at the intersection of White Plains Road and Pelham Parkway, where bystanders reported two separate crashes in the intersection.
When contacted for more information, the NYPD had no record of the accident.
Norwood News recently reported about another crash on Monday March 14 in Wakefield, in which police confirmed the death of a 63-year-old man.
The NYPD CIS Unit handles all criminal investigations, while the New York Department of Transportation reviews street design at accident sites.