UPDATE (9:25 p.m.): It appears there were two accidents. The Manhattan Beach Community Group has reported on the incidents on its website, saying that both accidents appear to have involved Kingsborough Community College students. MBCG has been struggling to improve traffic safety on Oriental Boulevard for years, and often wrestles with the large influx of automobile commuters coming into the school. Here is their report:

In the span of one hour this afternoon there were 2 car accidents today in Manhattan Beach. Both on Oriental Blvd. First at Mackenzie St. and the other at Ocean Ave. Both occurred around 2:30 -3:00 PM.

We don’t have all the facts but we heard that pedestrians were involved and we’re lucky to some degree. We have been told that in the first accident a car leaving Kingsborough Community College going west on Oriental Blvd. may have been speeding when it tried to avoid a car coming in the opposite direction trying to make a u turn or turning into Mackenzie. 3 girls were crossing at Mackenzie St. and may have been hit. Reports are that they were taken to the hospital. The car that may have hit them also went up on the street and grass of the corner house.

Very shortly after this accident, we were told that a car driving on the bike lane, yes on those zebra stripes, was involved in an accident and went up and into the garage of the corner house on the west side of Ocean Ave. It smashed the car parked inside the garage which had to be towed. We were also told the owner of the car just parked and left the garage. The garage door was destroyed by the impact.

Kingsborough students may have been involved in both accidents. We at MBCG have received numerous complaints that some KCC students leaving the campus on Oriental Blvd. accelerate rapidly going west.

The MBCG has made vehicular and pedestrian safety a major issue. Just last month, at our March meeting, a plan for “radarsigns” was announced. The College must realize that they can no longer ignore, as they say, what happens outside the gates. Everyone is in danger when people speed and drive recklessly.  The College needs to work with us to help implement a plan to keep all of us safe.

UPDATE (4:19 p.m.): We are less and less certain that a) pedestrians were hit and b) the car hit a home. It seems now that the two cars hit each other, and one pulled/rolled into the driveway of a private residence. Not sure yet. We’ve just added the photo above, taken with a cell phone by another Kingsborough student. The accident happened somewhere around 2:30 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: We just heard from a Manhattan Beach resident that a car accident involving two cars, pedestrians and a home has occurred near Kingsborough Community College.

Though we haven’t yet been able to verify all of the information, it seems a car traveling on Oriental Boulevard towards the school was seeking to make a left turn onto MacKenzie Street. A car coming out of the college’s gates came to the intersection and struck three female students from Kingsborough. The car then drove into a home.

Again, we have not yet verified this information, and we haven’t heard about the condition of anyone involved. We’re told 61st Precinct’s Captain Mastrokostas is on the scene.

If you have any more information, please let us know. We’ll update as we find out more.

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  • Davidsaurus Rex

    when will the city finally do something about this stretch of street?!? cars race up and down here all the time and accidents are a very frequent occurrence. I ride my bike to and from school in the bike path and I could have easily been in the path of these cars.

  • Jim

    A lovely area which deserves care. Needs all way stop signs at intersections. Speed bumps have helped in Ditmas Park, why not here? There is danger here and someone should attend to it.

  • Student

    That picture is not accurate towards the incident. Two people were hit and the car drove into a home near Kingsborough. (At least two were seen hauled into an Ambulance.) I heard there was another accident afterward, not sure if it is related to the photo above.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    The plot thickens – and gets more confusing. Thanks for the info. We're going to check in with the police again tomorrow and see if we can get more info. Thanks!

  • nik

    yes another accident after this 1..2 different stories at 2:00 car swerved at jumped the curb hitting 2 students

  • Student

    I would like to know if the victims are alright. I was there when I saw it… a person flew in the air and did a somersault… Traumatizing. First accident did indeed happen around 2:10~2:20. Sounded as if he (driver) was speeding…

    No information for the second accident.

  • The response

    Just to clear up a few questions, 2 females was struck by the vehicle. 1 female possibly fractured her hip and ankle, 2nd female was complaining of lower back pain. The driver of the vehicle was cut off by an unknown Tan car. As per witnesses he was speeding as well. (The respsonse)

  • BrooklynGirl

    Poor girls, I wish them a speedy recovery. That radar won't do anything, people will figure out quickly enough no one comes and tickets them if they speed. We need speed bumps or something!

  • Sir Dave-alot

    I hope the girls are ok. Maybe the should sue the crap out of the city/school for purposefully ignoring an obvious and recurring problem. They've known about the issue for a long long time and just continue to shrug it off. Does that make them at all liable for some of the responsibility?

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  • mikeinmanhattanbeach

    These Kingsborough student drivers are dangerous – unskilled, drive too fast,
    have little respect for traffic signs. We need Radar Speed guns to send
    tickets for operating a speeding car. Kingsborough itself is hugely to blame
    by encouraging people to drive there instead of taking a bus.

  • Yousaf

    these happened right infront of me .. 1 after the other .. -_-

  • Yousaf

    and 1 accident happened on some1 else property .. destroying da property's lawn lol

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  • The Response

    Kingsborough cant be held responsible for the actions of the people that drive the way they choose. Kingsborough actually has been stepping out of the boundaries of what they are actually allowed. The Peace officers respond off the campus to assist in any medical emergencies “They Recieve” since some are EMT's. I do agree that the students from the college do drive extremely dangerous and reckless, but I would believe that is something NYPD would have to handle since the kcc peace officers dont give out vehicle summonses.

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  • guest

    GET RID OF THE ZEBRA STRIPES AND THOSE HUGE POTS WHICH BLOCK VISION TO THE OPPOSITE SIDE!!!! SOMEONE LISTEN AND DO SOMETHING. 30MPH ZONE! NO MORE STOP SIGNS OR SPEED BUMPS. CRAZY TRAFFIC AS IS!

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    GET RID OF THE ZEBRA STRIPES AND THOSE HUGE POTS WHICH BLOCK VISION TO THE OPPOSITE SIDE!!!! SOMEONE LISTEN AND DO SOMETHING. 30MPH ZONE! NO MORE STOP SIGNS OR SPEED BUMPS. CRAZY TRAFFIC AS IS!