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2 Ritz-Carlton Workers Hospitalized in Valet Crash

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Two Ritz-Carlton Employees were brought to White Plains Hospital Tuesday night after a valet driver hit a parked car and smashed into the building's vestibule, showering the area with shattered glass.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday night, police received a call from the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton where 23-year-old Matthew Porter, a valet driver, improperly parked a Somers man's car. Police said Porter, a White Plains resident, got out of a 2007 Infiniti when it was still in drive. He then got back into the moving car and mistakenly pressed down on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, sending the car into the rear, passenger side of a Greenwich, Conn., man's 2006 Audi.

The initial collision then sent Porter and the car barrelling into the Residents at the Ritz-Carlton's lobby. According to police reports, pieces of the vestibule and shards of glass injured a second Ritz-Carlton employee.

Porter confirmed to police he had left the car in drive.

"I must have left [the car] in drive and it just kept going faster and faster," Porter told police. "I blacked out for a second and then everyone was around me."

Police and firefighters removed Porter from the car and gave initial medical care to him and the second employee, a 25-year-old from the Bronx, while waiting for ambulances to arrive.

Porter, who was experiencing pain in his right knee, neck, and back, and the other employee, who had several abrasions and cuts and pain in his right leg, were both brought to White Plains Hospital.

The Somers man's car was towed to the Pepe Infiniti night drop, according to police reports.

Ritz-Carlton chose not to comment on the accident.

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