Dangerous and Deadly 24 Hours on New York Roads

On a day when the weather made most New Yorkers want to stay holed up indoors, a series of frightening and fatal car accidents reinforced the sentiment.

About 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Abdul Barry and his uncle were at work in the Bronx, trying to move a Toyota pickup truck from the back of a metal container to the front. The truck broke loose from the device they were using to move it, the police said, and fell on Mr. Barry, 49, crushing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene, near the corner of Randall Avenue and Drake Street in Hunts Point, the police said.

Earlier Saturday, in the Bath Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, Maria Prikul, 80, died after she was struck by a Chevrolet van, the police said. The driver fled the scene, but witnesses caught up to the suspect, Mario Vasquez, and held him until the police arrived and arrested him. The police charged Mr. Vasquez, 52, of Brooklyn, with several offenses: reckless endangerment, vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality, unauthorized use of a vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

On Saturday evening, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the scene was more dramatic than dangerous. A cab jumped the curb and hit a pedestrian before crashing through the window of an unoccupied bank on 69th Street and Broadway, the police said. Two people — one a passenger, according to witnesses — were taken to New York Hospital, said a spokesman for the Fire Department, though the injuries did not appear life-threatening. The driver was not seriously injured, witnesses said.

The police said they did not suspect any criminal wrongdoing in the accident.

Garrett Nassau, 15, was visiting a friend who lives across the street when they heard a crash. They ran to the window and saw a car in the Capital One bank.

“There was one person in the back seat that was hurt,” Garrett said. “There was someone lying by the A.T.M. They also took them away on the stretcher.”

He said that the police worked quickly to put a barrier around the A.T.M. area.

The cabdriver had also apparently hit a streetlight first, pushing it into the bank as his car smashed the glass.

Within a few hours of the accident, shattered glass remained on the ground and damp insulation blew in the wind as crews were at work to fix the streetlight.

The result was far more tragic a night earlier on the Long Island Expressway.

Just before 11 p.m. Friday in Old Westbury, Officer Michael J. Califano, a Nassau County highway patrolman, was sitting in his car conducting a traffic stop on the expressway when a vehicle slammed into his cruiser, according to the Nassau County police. Mr. Califano, a 12-year veteran and father of three, was pronounced dead a few hours later, the police said.

“The car looked like a sardine can that was opened up,” said James Carver, president of the Nassau County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association at a press briefing on Saturday.

The Nassau County police arrested John Kaley, 25, of New Britain, Conn. Mr. Kaley has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, three counts of third-degree assault and failing to move over for an emergency vehicle. He was arraigned in district court in Hempstead on Saturday.

Mathew R. Warren contributed reporting.

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