A police car accident left four automobiles smashed along Sedgwick Avenue just off Fordham Road in the Bronx. But in a bizarre twist, there were no police officers were in the vicinity.
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Shortly after 6:00 a.m. on Sunday October 23, 2016, an NYPD cop pulled his police cruiser into the parking lot at the NYPD’s 50th Precinct building at 3450 Kingsbridge Avenue in the Bronx.
It was the end of the cop’s shift, and he wrongly assumed the vehicle would be assigned to another officer to continue patrolling the NYC neighborhood. Intended as a courtesy, the officer regrettably left the car keys in the ignition.
Within minutes, a thief quickly snatched the vehicle and sped away. The brazen crook went on a joyride around Kingsbridge and University Heights lasting nearly half an hour. He then crashed into four parked cars, sending a Jeep Cherokee soaring onto the sidewalk.
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Whenever a police car is in an accident, a review of law enforcement activity is conducted by New York City investigators.
In this case, NYPD internal affairs officers determined the police department acted improperly by leaving the vehicle’s keys in the ignition. According to the NYPD, car keys should “never” be left in an unoccupied vehicle, and violates the NYPD employee handbook.
The NYPD officer’s negligence put neighborhood residents and their property at risk. Accordingly, owners of the damaged automobiles have the right to pursue monetary compensation from the City of New York.
As for the daring car thief, he escaped the crash unharmed and fled the scene by hailing a taxi.
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