Four Injured After SUV Crashes Into Spring Valley Library

According to, a SUV ran over a 15-year-old girl and injured four other people in a pedestrian accident at the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley on May 27. car-accidents

The news outlet reported that the driver of the SUV, a man in his late 50s to early 60s, told police mechanical trouble caused him to lose control of his Toyota RAV4 before striking the girl. The girl was reportedly pinned underneath the SUV, inside of the library.

“She had to be rescued by the fire department and EMS personnel putting the airbags under the car to lift the vehicle off of her,” Spring Valley Police Lt. Jack Bosworth told “We have other people who were injured….[w]e did have a STAT Flight on standby. It turned out we didn’t need them.”

The girl reportedly suffered a broken leg and “serious” injuries. Another victim, an adult woman, suffered head injuries and bled heavily, according to the news outlet. The other pedestrians all appeared to suffer non-life threatening injuries.

Hatzolah Ambulance took two of the injured pedestrians to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Rockland Paramedic Services and Spring Hill Ambulance took the others to Nyack and Good Samaritan hospitals.

The accident remains under investigation. The building was closed after numerous wires were left exposed following the crash. Bosworth told that they would investigate the driver’s claim of mechanical failure.

What Should I Do If I Am Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?

Sadly, this accident occurred right after Smart Growth America (an advocacy group on pedestrian and urban design issues) looked at the number of pedestrian deaths and how often people walk in major metropolitan areas.

In its report, the group ranked New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island the most dangerous large metro area when it comes to the percentage of traffic deaths that included pedestrians. The agency reported that 32.5 percent of vehicle accident fatalities in the metro area involved pedestrians from 2003 to 2012, with 3,384 pedestrians killed.

Aside from death, pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic injuries like head injuries, spinal cord injuries or compound fractures, which often require expensive physical therapy and rehab.

If you lose a loved one or are injured in a pedestrian accident, you should seek damages. For more information, you can also visit our Facebook page, LinkedIn pageGoogle+ page or our Twitter page. Contact us today.

KGG’s Corner: The number of pedestrian accidents increased six percent nationally between 2011 and 2012.

Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. – Rockland County Injury Lawyers


2 Responses to Four Injured After SUV Crashes Into Spring Valley Library

  1. Charlene Blake says:

    Who knew that driving a Toyota or Lexus could result in jail time and worse if a sudden unintended acceleration accident occurred? Toyota said all this is over because the recall has been done and it has paid its $1.2 billion fine. THINK again if you believe that claim! The real problem currently is ELECTRONIC SUA and accidents are happening daily. Many of these involve vehicles in parking lots when braking is initiated. Storefront crashes and crashes-into-buildings/homes are reported. Toyota finds the vehicle faultless…no code stored and EDR (black box) shows no braking. However, Toyota and Lexus drivers report the vehicle “taking off” or “having a mind of its own.” These same vehicles have been reported going airborne from a standstill starting point in a parking lot!

    Here are the critical issues:

    Sloppily-designed Toyota electronic throttle system software (see Michael Barr’s findings) equals RUNAWAY—a.k.a. sudden unintended acceleration—-Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

    Worse? The electronic fail-safe—a.k.a. the way to stop the runaway—is also rendered ineffective at the time of the SUA glitch (Michael Barr, embedded software expert).

    Translation? Your runaway Toyota or Lexus is not going to stop until something stops it!

    Even worse? Your Toyota or Lexus EDR—a.k.a black box—is going to record inconsistent, unreliable data (see Dr. Antony Anderson’s findings).

    Problem? You will be CHARGED for any deaths or injuries to others as a result of an accident your runaway vehicle causes based on the faulty EDR results and an assumption of “driver pedal misapplication.”

    More of a problem? You may go to JAIL or prison if the EDR erroneously shows that you are not braking—which it has for others more often than not. Essentially, you will be deemed not telling the truth or confused in media coverage because Toyota will say its EDR is accurate—even though it admitted this data was unreliable previously.

    Even a bigger problem? If there is any chance a detail comes out that supports the driver, the media will take sides with the automaker and support your character assassination publicly. Are you on prescription meds or any medications? Are you an older citizen? Are you a woman and older? Bingo! Elderly pedal misapplication, according to media and Toyota.

    Don’t worry…all your skeletons will be dug up as Toyota goes full steam ahead to escape blame for faulty electronics! Just keep track of all these mysterious vehicles-into-homes and storefront crashes and read the headlines. Read the PR propaganda supporting driver error.

    Toyota’s $$ goes far and wide…even to the heart of the very agency commissioned to protect your SAFETY! The DOJ and NHTSA are still looking the other way—a.k.a. protecting corporate interests. They do not want to open up the ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration issue as then there will be a public cover-up scandal which rivals the best—or worst—of them.

    All the above doesn’t factor in the so far little-known in the U.S. whistleblower, Betsy Benjaminson. She’s has copies of hundreds of internal Toyota documents. Many of these show clear evidence of concern over an electronic throttle system problem—a.k.a. “ghost in the engine”—and the lack of fix for it. Betsy has a blog where she has posted some of the evidence. She’s been the feature of several articles and a podcast interview outside the U.S. Google her name to find.

    Toyota, the media, and the government seem to be handling each new suspicious runaway vehicle accident—a.k.a. driver states pressing brake when the vehicle takes off, becomes airborne, has a mind of its own, etc.—on a case-by-case basis. Apparently, there is the hope that each case will blow over with little public attention. There is hope, too, that the public buys into the PR machine working overtime with law enforcement and media to BLAME the vehicle driver. SUA victim = SCAPEGOAT.

    As far as Toyota is concerned, it is DONE with the topic of sudden unintended acceleration. Period. It got the free pass with a huge U.S. Government fine—a.k.a. permission not to face the music regarding ELECTRONIC SUA. Floor mats, pedals, driver error…done DEAL.

    Toyota’s well-orchestrated smoke screen continues aided and abetted by our very own safety regulatory agency. Can’t beat that! The sky’s the limit now…think of all the untoward consequences for Toyota owners, not to mention the driving public.

    Toyota is #1 in numbers of sudden unintended acceleration events. BUT…it is not alone! This is an industry-wide phenomenon and not one automaker wants the public knowledgeable about ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration.

  2. Charlene Blake says:

    Toyota’s electronic throttle control system software was found to have glitches that could cause such an event. Worse, such an electronic glitch could render the fail-safe (way to stop the SUA) INEFFECTIVE. Result? The Toyota could be a runaway stoppable only by impact. Even then, the engine will continue revving forward until something stops forward (or backward as the case may be) momentum.

    What has Toyota admitted to regarding ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration? Absolutely nothing, of course! It has washed its corporate hands clean of all things SUA-related since that huge $1.2 BILLION DOJ settlement. In the meantime, the NHTSA and Toyota have received countless complaints about Toyota and Lexus vehicles “taking off,” “having a mind of its own,” “going airborne,” etc. Storefront crashes and crashes-into-buildings/homes continue with a disproportionate number attributed to Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

    There’s a HUGE push to show driver “pedal misapplication” and much reference to this being a problem with “elderly” drivers. Drivers own complaints (showing remarkable similarity if one compares notes among these types of accidents) are discounted. Worse, drivers are discredited…some say even targeted…by those who wish to keep the truth from surfacing.

    Let’s see…have we seen an automaker hide key safety-related information before? Have we seen any cases where the NHTSA has even covered for an automaker in such unconscionable actions? OK…you get the idea. THINK…why would an automaker wish to keep ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration a secret? After all, isn’t SUA history and just about pesky floor mats, sticky accelerator pedals, or better-yet driver error? NO! That’s just what the automaker would like you to believe…and there’s a HUGE economic reason for that, isn’t there?

    Unfortunately, what you do not know about ELECTRONICALLY-induced SUA can be an issue as many of the current SUA victims are learning the hard way. An electronic sudden unintended acceleration event can result (and has!) in jail time for the driver. Why? Speculation of “pedal misapplication” is all that is left when the historically-unreliable EDR (black box) shows no braking even when the driver has two feet on the brake and incurs foot damage (see Tanya Spotts Lexus case). The Toyota electronic throttle control system software glitch has been found not to leave a fault code. The vehicle brakes which did NOT function at the time of the ETCS-i software glitch show no signs of a failure mode. The DRIVER is assumed GUILTY and the vehicle is found fault-free. It continues to happen DAILY.

    Absence of proof is NOT proof of absence. This electronic SUA problem is one that every driver should be concerned about. Drivers should be asking some tough questions of the automaker, Toyota specifically.

    Let’s not forget that these engines are complex and computer-driven. Electronics will have glitches. The important factor is how these glitches are handled within and what safety standards have been applied. An electronic software glitch which renders a fail-safe ineffective is totally unacceptable. Don’t make assumptions that strict safety standards have been applied when they have not!

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