City | 2:08 am | November 9, 2011 | By James Lu

High speed car crash rattles Park Street

A car going 60 miles per hour smashed into a pole outside Pierson College, coming within inches of hitting a student.
A car going 60 miles per hour smashed into a pole outside Pierson College, coming within inches of hitting a student. Photo by James Lu.

A man driving a Volvo S80 crashed into a pole on Park Street outside Pierson College at around 11:10 p.m. Tuesday.

The man was driving at over 60 miles an hour along Edgewood Avenue when the car swerved and came within three inches of hitting Chris Dennen ’12 before smashing into the pole, according to three students who said they had heard an account from Dennen . Jeff Fell ’12 and Sam Teicher ’12, who both live on Edgewood Avenue, said Dennen was “shaken up” but unscathed. Dennen left the scene after the incident, they said. The vehicle’s driver was not intoxicated at the time of the accident, police said.

A graduate student, who lives on the corner of Park Street and Edgewood Avenue, corroborated the account, adding that the vehicle first hit the curb and lost a tire. The graduate student said two Yale Police Department officers who witnessed the incident both admitted they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. The police officers also noted the man in the vehicle was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the graduate student.

Police officers at the scene declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation into the incident. The driver was removed from the vehicle and appeared to have sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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