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Doc in an accident that ran over the New York firefighter is a fast driver


This doctor has a bad motor vehicle operating history.

The driver of the BMW that crashed atop a Volvo SUV in Midtown and crushed the leg of an FDNY firefighter who came to the rescue is a Brooklyn nephrologist — and apparently a lifelong scofflaw, with nine speeding tickets and red-light camera violations, records show.

Dr. Neal Mittman, 69, threw his new $61,000 BMW X5 into the Volvo, landing on the roof of that car, according to authorities, witnesses and photos.

One of the emergency responders, firefighter Ryan Warnock, was helping to remove Mittman and his son, Zachary, 28, who were trapped inside the BMW.

After pulling the son out, Warnock crawled inside to reach Mittman. “It appears that the driver likely pressed the accelerator . . . causing him to roll over,” the FDNY said. He fell on Warnock, shattering his leg bones.

The firefighter was treated at Bellevue Hospital and discharged a few days ago.

“He’s in good spirits and feels very lucky,” it was no worse, FDNY spokesman Jim Long said.

FDNY firefighter Ryan Warnock broke his leg bones after Dr. Neal Mittman allegedly pressed the gas pedal.
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The NYPD declined to release the name of the BMW driver, saying he had not been arrested or issued a summons “yet.” The Post learned his name and obtained a copy of the initial police report.

Mittman, who lives in Manhattan, racked up 26 parking and camera violations in New York City in less than 10 years, a search of “How’s My Driving NY?” found. The violations include eight speeding tickets in a school zone since 2016 in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and failing to stop at a red light on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn on January 31.

Mittman’s BMW was also ticketed, in both boroughs, for parking his car in bus lanes, restricted areas and at a bus stop. Fines ranged from $35 to $115 per violation.

Doc in an accident that ran over the New York firefighter is a fast driver
A police report claims Dr. Neal Mittman of Brooklyn was involved in the car accident.
Doc in an accident that ran over the New York firefighter is a fast driver
Dr. Neal Mittman apparently has a long list of traffic violations.
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Camera violations are issued to the registered owner of an offending vehicle and do not count as move violations against a particular driver as the photos only capture the license plate, not the driver.

Police are investigating the July 17 collision to determine Mittman’s speed and braking, sources told The Post.

Matthew Wahn and his wife, Randi, of Bayside, were on their way to dinner and stopped at a red light on West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue when Mittman’s BMW pulled up behind and jacked up their $40,000 SUV , leaving both cars totaled.

“We thought something had fallen off a building,” Wahn told the Post. “When we looked up we saw this vehicle sitting on top of our car. We could see the driver. And then we were like, ‘Oh my God, it’s okay’. And we called 911 .

Doc in an accident that ran over the New York firefighter is a fast driver
FDNY firefighter Ryan Warnock was recently released from Bellevue Hospital.
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Doc in an accident that ran over the New York firefighter is a fast driver
The driver of the white Volvo had his car overturned by the alleged driver, Dr Neal Mittman.
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Witnesses quickly approached the couple.

“People came down from the buildings and said to us, ‘We were looking at it through the window, and we just want to tell you that it looked like [Mittman] expected the light to be green and to drive at such a high speed. We saw his car fly through the air,” Wahn said.

Wahn added: “When he realized the light was red he was, I guess, trying to use the brakes. It’s not the kind of impact you’d expect when approaching a red light on a street at 25 miles per hour. To hand over a car like that was really incredible.

Doc in an accident that ran over the New York firefighter is a fast driver
FDNY members were able to save the black BMW from falling.
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Doc in an accident that ran over the New York firefighter is a fast driver
FDNY firefighter Ryan Warnock managed to pull Dr. Neal Mittman’s son out of the tilted BMW.
Kevin C. Downs

At the scene, Mittman did not approach Wahn and his wife. Wahn said he went to Mittman, who told him the BMW was brand new — just 250 miles on it — with “lane-avoidance technology.” Mittman blamed the mishap on a malfunctioning safety device.

Briefed on Mittman’s traffic violations, Wahn said, “His history might indicate he’s not a very good driver or a safe driver.”

A reporter approached Mittman on Wednesday as the doctor sat in an Audi SUV after leaving his office at Kidney Care of Brooklyn on Prospect Avenue. He declined to comment, rolled up his window and left.

New York Post

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