Innocent tree murdered; saves lives

3/18/2010:

Hard to explain

If you followed the Hoboken411 Twitter feed – you would have read that at around 3:40pm yesterday, a woman crashed her Lexus into a rather innocent tree at 14th and Bloomfield. The woman was taken to Hoboken University Medical Center for injuries, and the three was cut down minutes after the scene was cleared.

As you can see from the pictures Hoboken411 reader beerzgood sent in – it looks like this tree actually prevented the “car gone astray” from smashing into the bus stop just feet to the west. In my twitter post, I asked “who can we blame?” – so without knowing any details about this accident other than the photos below – what do you think the cause of this accident was?

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  1. midtownauthentic says:

    Cut down a three? Is that a new breed of tree?

  2. hoboken411 says:

    I developed a short-term lisp while typing.

  3. xyzpdq says:

    You know this Lexus is just a gussied-up Toyota Camry, right? Hmmm… Toyota… crash…

  4. KenOn10 says:

    Seriously crushed front-end. Pretty good-sized tree shoved over. Think maybe she was driving too fast?

    Hope the driver is doing better than the tree…

  5. blahblahblah says:

    Rumor has it Andraker went to the hospital and tried to beat the crash victim up for forcing a tree to be cut down…

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      Can’t say what caused the accident, but you mentioned “almost smashing into the bus stop”, which brought up another question. Any info on what happened to the bus stop shelter on the corner of First and Washington (site of new Walgreen’s)? Was this a St.Patty’s day mis-hap? Related to the storm? Stolen? Beamed up somewhere? The whole enclosure is gone. This may have been mentioned on another topic, but I didn’t notice it.

      In response to blahblahblah who said:

      Rumor has it Andraker went to the hospital and tried to beat the crash victim up for forcing a tree to be cut down…

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        Above reply for H411.

        In response to whineanddineinhob who said:

        Can’t say what caused the accident, but you mentioned “almost smashing into the bus stop”, which brought up another question. Any info on what happened to the bus stop shelter on the corner of First and Washington (site of new Walgreen’s)? Was this a St.Patty’s day mis-hap? Related to the storm? Stolen? Beamed up somewhere? The whole enclosure is gone. This may have been mentioned on another topic, but I didn’t notice it.

  6. oceanbloo says:

    I would be surprised if it was anything BUT a cell phone/text that caused the accident. Anyway, I do hope the woman is OK.

    I have seriously lost count as to how many people have almost hit me as I was crossing the street – only to see them on cell phones. It has gotten really bad in the last week or so – I’m not sure what the good weather has to do with it, but people seem a lot less careful the last few days. I don’t just cross when I have a green light anymore – I have to actually ensure that the driver sees me and isn’t going to try to turn. This is particularly bad at 14th and Wash.

    On another note, earlier in the week I saw a Lexus SUV do a random, extremely quick u-turn on Wash between 14th and 15th. He came within inches of mowing down a pedestrian.

  7. emarche says:

    Driving south on the Turnpike last weekend, car next to us decided to join us in our lane. I swerved to safety and as both cars resumed their normal lane positions, I looked down (from our SUV) into the car opposite (a Geo) and saw the driver was – you guessed it – texting away. Best part? The OTHER phone balanced on his right knee.

    Really?

    Is the fate of the world really hinging on your text that you endanger not only complete strangers but yourself(!)?

    These people – if/when they’re caught – should have their license suspended for 6months. Talking on a phone is bad enough, but texting!?

    • Salinea says:

      I agree with you whole heartedly. I’ve almost gotten hit crossing the street at a stop sign crossing because the guy decided he didn’t want to look left, never mind people that practically get half their car into the crosswalk before actually “stopping”. I never cross the street until I am sure the car has significantly slowed down and seen me.

      Whenever I see people on the cell phone making stupid driving decisions I really wish I had some tacks to throw down in front of their car. It’s infuriating.

      In response to emarche who said:

      Driving south on the Turnpike last weekend, car next to us decided to join us in our lane. I swerved to safety and as both cars resumed their normal lane positions, I looked down (from our SUV) into the car opposite (a Geo) and saw the driver was – you guessed it – texting away. Best part? The OTHER phone balanced on his right knee.

      Really?

      Is the fate of the world really hinging on your text that you endanger not only complete strangers but yourself(!)?

      These people – if/when they’re caught – should have their license suspended for 6months. Talking on a phone is bad enough, but texting!?

  8. plywood says:

    I read an article about 10 years ago that asserted that statistically, the average life-span for a tree in New York City was seven years. I’ll bet the average is even lower here.

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