On one block, a party. On the next block, a double crash.
That was the scene around 4 p.m. Saturday, when a crash occurred on Yale Avenue outside the home of Gabriel and Inger DaSilva (pictured), who were spending the afternoon at a nearby block party.
A man driving a Jeep lost control of his vehicle and rammed into two vans parked in front of the DaSilva residence on Yale Avenue, a wide looping stretch of road known for fast and reckless driving. (Top Westville cop Sgt. Renee Forte said Monday afternoon she does not yet have details to release about the incident.) The crash was the second unfortunate event of the week for the DaSilvas; earlier in the week their business at Westville Frame Shop/ DaSilva Gallery took on some water damage from the ceiling after a heavy rainstorm.
Gabriel DaSilva, past president of the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance, posted some of the photos of the crash on his Facebook page, along with this comment: “Well, beautiful day in Westville, talking to neighbors, ready for a 40th Birthday Block Party and then…......BOOM, two vans gone in one shot! I call them defense barriers to the sidewalk, I cant imagine if they were not there what would have happened.”
Meanwhile, no car crashes occurred a block over on West Rock Avenue—because it was closed to traffic for a party celebrating the 40th birthday of local author and journalist Mark Oppenheimer. There was plenty of action: El Poblano burritos ran out of food, so did Elm City Kettle Corn; along with Mister Softee, the cart operators kept the truly all-ages crowd fueled as Dr. Caterwall’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps (in video) kept the beat.