Seeing an SUV devoured by flames after a drunk driver slammed it into a stack of construction material in a lot in Astoria is pretty dramatic. Seeing said drunk escape being charred only to get back into that flaming car a few seconds later to try to drive it qualifies as Shocking.
The two rolled footage on the inferno one late night in April. According to Hanner, a loud bang brought the two running to a window. “I was so freaked out,” recalls Hanner, “I thought someone was dead.” Boudon recounts the night thusly via a blog post:
“My roommate Jill Hanner and I were enjoying a peaceful night at home when suddenly a drunk guy drives a vehicle into some gated private property behind my apartment and begins ramming it into piles of wood and metal. We called the police and informed them what was taking place. The car quickly catches on fire. The drunk guy pounds the car with pieces of metal. He climbs back into the car honks the horn and it blows out in a firey puff. The drunk guy begins pushing his fire engulfed car backwards while yelling and swearing. A second guy grabs him from the inferno minutes before an explosion takes place. The FDNY begin dousing the flames and a second explosion is heard. The NYPD arrive and the drunk guy starts running from the scene. The police quickly stop him, handcuff him and throw him in their van.”
Though Boudon sums up the event pretty well, one needs to view the video to truly believe a person, even a drunk one, could be crazy enough to climb back into a burning vehicle.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 30, 2009