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Accident Sends SUV Hurtling Into Outdoor Dining Area in Upper East Side

The New York Post reported Tuesday on an unfortunate crash on the Upper East Side of New York City Monday night where a car careened into the outdoor dining area of a popular Italian restaurant. 

The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. outside Delizia 92, an Italian restaurant at the corner of East 92nd Street and Second Avenue. A Cadillac Escalade SUV, reportedly being driven by an Uber driver, collided with an Audi sedan, sending the Escalade hurtling into an outdoor dining area just outside the restaurant. The Escalade came to rest surrounded by the wreckage of several canopy tents and a wooden barrier between street traffic and the dining area. 

The driver of the Audi was transported to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with minor, not life-threatening injuries. According to representatives from the New York City Fire Department, two others were treated at the scene of the accident. Miraculously, none of the restaurant patrons were injured in the incident.

The incident has reignited the debate over whether it’s time to reopen indoor dining areas in the aftermath of the worst months of the current coronavirus pandemic; NBC New York noted that today’s incident followed several other accidents in recent weeks where cars hurtled into makeshift outdoor dining areas following an accident. 

 

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