MANHATTAN – It is a miracle no one was killed— that was the sentiment on Madison Avenue Tuesday afternoon from police officers and stunned passers-by who stopped in their tracks to find out how a car ended up melted and charred in a parking spot just south of East 95th street on the Upper East Side.
It was around 4:00 this afternoon in Carnegie Hill when police say a Door Dash delivery man on a motorcycle felt things getting hot and jumped off the bike as it burst into flames.
Witnesses say the delivery man shouted for pedestrians to get out of the way of the moving fireball on a collision course with a white Lexus IS 300.
The sedan was quickly engulfed in flames, melting plastic into now-hardened puddles on the asphalt. The metal wire frame of the seats exposed, the red leather obliterated.
The car’s owner, devastated and in tears as police explained to her the bizarre situation that unfolded while she was away from her car for less than an hour.
Shaken and crying, the owner— a woman in her 20’s from Valley Stream on Long Island— called relatives to come pick her up on Madison Avenue as she packed salvageable belongings from the trunk of the Lexus into plastic bags, the stink of melted plastic hanging in the humid August air.
Officers were seen writing several summons to the delivery man whose motorcycle sparked the inferno, but it’s not clear as to what violations he was cited.
Thankfully, no one was hurt as the fiery scene unfolded in the middle of the afternoon.