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[January 23, 2013]
Police: Ryan admitted trying to 'beat the light' in Bethlehem crash
Jan 23, 2013 (The Morning Call (Allentown - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan admitted he "tried to beat the light" at an intersection in south Bethlehem last week, causing a three-car-crash, according to a police incident report.
Ryan denied speeding, but did not deny he caused the Jan. 14 crash at Wyandotte and W. Third streets, according to an incident report. Ryan received a written warning "for the red light violation," according to the incident report, which redacted the names of the other drivers, passengers and witnesses involved in the accident and the investigating officers' names.
There was no immediate explanation from police on why Ryan received a warning and why the names of others involved were redacted.
No one was injured in the crash, and all three vehicles received moderate damage.
City police released the incident report in response to unusual interest by the news media, according to the Bethlehem police Facebook page.
According to the incident report: Bethlehem police were dispatched at 6:13 p.m. to a crash and observed three vehicles in the westbound lane of W. Third Street, west of Wyandotte Street. Police officers confirmed no one was injured and had the drivers move their vehicles to a safer location, if possible.
Officers interviewed Ryan, who is the only one named in the incident report. Ryan told police he was driving west on Third Street when he "tried to beat the light." He denied speeding, but did not deny causing the accident. His red 2013 Mustang had moderate front-end damage.
Ryan told police he was not comfortable driving his car home and called someone to pick him up. He was told to park his car on Cherokee Street and wait for his ride.
The driver of a black 1995 Mazda MZ5 was going south on Route 378 and stopped at the red light at W. Third and Wyandotte streets. The driver of a red 2005 Toyota Corolla, also heading south on Route 378, was also stopped at the light. The Toyota driver had two passengers; the Mazda driver was alone.
The Mazda was in the left lane and the Toyota in the right lane.
When the light turned green, the Mazda driver told police they made sure the intersection was clear before entering it. As the driver went through the intersection, a red 2013 Ford Mustang "traveling at a high rate of speed" came up the hill and struck the driver side front quarter panel of the Mazda.
The impact caused the Mazda to spin and strike the Toyota.
The Mazda suffered moderate damage to the side quarter panel and the front bumper area. The driver was not comfortable driving the car home. The Toyota suffered moderate driver-side damage.
The Toyota driver told police she was preparing to make a right turn onto W. Third Street as the light turned green and was struck by another car. She told police she did not see exactly what happened, but knew she was struck by another vehicle.
One witness, stopped on Wyandotte Street because of the heavy traffic, told police the Mustang ran the red light and crashed into the Mazda. Bethlehem police said they are still waiting to hear back from another witness.
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