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Resident Frustrated After Hit-and-Run

Clipped vehicle's owner offers reward, says accident is nothing new for Walnut Road family.

When a passing vehicle sideswiped Jordan Levin's truck parked outside his family's house on Walnut Road last week, it wasn't the damage that upset him most.

"They didn't even leave a note," he said. "It wouldn't be so bad if they had the decency to say, 'Hey, I did this.'"

This is the eighth accident involving the family's parked cars since 1991, with five of those occurring since 2001, he said.

Vehicles have swerved far enough over the curb to take out the home's mailbox several times, prompting the Levin's to anchor it 20 feet into the ground with a steel column.

"We never park in front anymore. I only did it this time because the driveway was full," Levin said.

The latest incident occurred between 12 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on July 31. When police arrived to take his report, Levin said his neighbor across the street came out and said they had seen a white SUV drive off after they heard a loud bang.

The problem, he said, is people running the stop signs at the nearby intersection with Branding Iron Lane. Past accidents have tended to happen at night, but the timing of this one has Levin concerned for students at Gribbin Elementary School, just down the hill from the spot where his truck was hit.

While Levin said he has seen other accidents at the intersection, the Glen Cove Police Department reported that there are none on record for the last three years, although those with minor damage may not have been reported.

Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos also lives on Walnut Road, north of Levin's home and the elementary school. She said she hasn't seen any accidents during her 22 years at her address and doesn't consider traffic violations on the road out of the ordinary compared to other streets, although she noted that she has noticed some patterns of careless driver behavior.

"I have heard cars racing up and down the road on numerous occasions," she said in an email. "It is a wide, straight road, which seems to tempt certain drivers to hit the gas, sometimes disregarding the stop signs altogether."

Levin said he is offering a reward for information leading to the identification of the vehicle that hit his truck. Anyone with a tip may contact Patch to be put in touch with him. 

Greta August 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM
nice idea to put it on Patch - hope someone comes forward.
JOE GRAZIOSO August 07, 2012 at 08:06 PM
9 OUT OF 10 TIMES IT IS THE TRUCK THAT DELIVERS NEWSPAPERS.
Sally August 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
My family also lives on Walnut Rd and I am sick and tired of watching people, young and old, drive up and down the block at high rates of speed, completely ignoring the stop signs in front of Gribbon Elementery as well as the one in front of this gentleman's house. Sometimes they go so fast, that the roaring of the engine wakes us up. It also happens right in the middle of the day. I was coming home just yesterday, signaled to turn into my drive way and I was almost rear ended while I waited for traffic coming the other way to pass. The guy behind me was going so fast and thought he had enough room to pass me, but he did not. And he got aggrrevated?!?!? WITH ME!?!? FOR TURNING INTO MY OWN DRIVEWAY! The Glen Cove Police used to sit at Gribbon school and once in a while give out tickets. I have not seen that happening in a long time. You would think, with an elementery school on one end, and the high school on the other, that lights would be installed or more action would be taken. One of these days, someone speeding and texting is really going to hurt someone, or themselves. I hope they catch the person who had no guts to stop......SLOW DOWN AND PUT YOUR PHONES AWAY!!!! Hey GCPD, COME BACK TO GRIBBON and make it safe for our children!!!!
sharon August 10, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The Deputy Mayor must not ever look out to the road if that is what she thinks. I have lived on Walnut road my whole life, my cars have been hit meny times, you see atleast 25 blown stop signs a day and speeding like crazy. I think its funny that no accidents have been reported in the last 3 years beacuse we see them all the time, AND speeding cars sometimes going 80+ miles sometimes. Go door to door on walnut rd just betwwen Gribbon and Glen Cove High School most will tell you the same. Now there are also alot of accedents from Forest Ave to just before Gribbon people making left turns into wallgreens /king kullen shopping center, people darting from med plaza diagnal to stop & shop shopping center( thet was better when it was closed off) and people in wheelchairs or canes crossing not it the cross walks...So Walnut Rd is out of norm for sure...I would say put in speed bumps but that cant help stupidity but will help with the speed...But then again if they use the same company that redid the curbs and street you would have more promblems for the shotty work, and untimely completion. Lets not forget in the winter how the plows always plow to the side of the street with the sidewalks so people who shovel or pay to have the sidewalk done basicly should stand outside all day just so walking traffic wont get run down on the road...I mean really? Open your Eyes you will see, or maybe the DMV should make drivers retest every 5 years so you dont have to address this problem.
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