Car crashes into Maspeth home
by Meghan Sackman
Nov 14, 2017 | 2683 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An otherwise normal Saturday afternoon took a turn for the worse after a car crashed into a Maspeth residence.

On November 4, a man driving a 2001 Volvo ran a stop sign and crashed into the front of the Filippi residence at 70th Street and 52nd Avenue, crashing through a short brick wall and coming to a stop on the stairs.

According to the police report, the Volvo was on 70th Street when it missed the stop sign, hitting an oncoming car.

Homeowner Robert Filippi, who also owns Cameo Tile on Grand Avenue, said this is the third time in the last 18 months that an accident has occurred at the intersection. He wants a stop sign at each corner, instead of the just the one that is there currently.

“The Department of Transportation needs to put stop signs at each corner at the bottom of the hill,” he said. “They come down the hill way too fast. If there’s a stop sign at the bottom of the incline, people will slow down.”

His wife, Lauren, is primarily concerned about the safety of their two children.

“I have a three year old and a four year old, and they’re always in front of the house with scooters and bicycles,” she said. “There’s two schools right here. Every morning, everyday after school, kids are walking down the hill crossing 52nd Avenue.”

After the third crash, Filippi spoke with Robert Holden, who appears to be the area's next City Council member, seeking support for a solution.

“It’s nothing political, I just want the safety of my children,” he said. “What I’m looking for is the support of the community and the support of local government. I believe he’ll get something done.”
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