Uber ride ends in Flower Hill pool

A Nissan SUV landed in a Flower Hill homeowner's pool after an Uber driver failed to turn on a bend on Port Washington Boulevard. (Photo courtesy of the Port Washington Fire Department)

The “morning routine” for Flower Hill resident Deborah Wrynn was interrupted when a car crashed through her neighbor’s fence and into the shallow end of her own home’s in-ground pool around 10 a.m. last Wednesday.

“I heard a loud bang that shook the house,” Wrynn recalled. “When that happened, I ran downstairs. I noticed water all across the windows in the rear of the house, saw that my neighbor’s fence was destroyed. And I looked out to see the roof of a car submerged in the pool.”

Wrynn immediately called 911 and ran outside, seeing a Nissan SUV with an Uber sticker on the windshield.

“I didn’t know if anyone was in the car at first,” Wrynn said. “Then I noticed the driver trying to get out of the car. I couldn’t see the passenger because the side airbags were going. I yelled to him that help was on the way and that they’d landed in the shallow end of the pool.”

Members of the Nassau County Police and the Port Washington Fire Department arrived soon, Wrynn said. The driver was pulled from the driver’s side window, while the unresponsive passenger was carried out on a stretcher.

“From what I understand, the passenger was in the back seat when the driver accelerated before being thrown to the front seat,” Wrynn said.

The car was dredged from the pool the same day. Wrynn said that the in-ground pool, which was covered for the winter, saw its structure damaged and cracked, which Wrynn said would later be addressed.

Nassau police said that the driver, a 66-year-old male, was traveling north on Port Washington Boulevard and failed to turn at a bend, resulting in the vehicle going through a wooded area before crashing into the fence and pool on Sunnyvale Road.

“I would love to know how we could make it safer for the residents that live by Port Boulevard, because as I understand, there’s a lot of accidents on the boulevard and it needs to be addressed,” Wrynn said.

The driver and passenger were taken to a local hospital in stable condition, according to the Port Washington Fire Department’s Facebook page.

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