NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Six people were injured – one critically – when a car sped out of control and jumped a curb in the East Village on Wednesday.
The incident happened around 7 a.m. at Second Avenue and East Fourth Street, police said.
As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Wednesday afternoon, Shaun Martin, 32, of Queens, was driving a rented white Nissan Altima. He lost control of the vehicle, jumped the curb and crashed into a bodega.
Witnesses said the offending driver might have been racing another car.
“All you saw was debris and stuff, and everything in the air, and the noise was like a hurricane,” said witness Melissa Schubnell.
The spectacular and tragic accident left the car a crumpled mess. Martin suffered a laceration to the head, while his female passenger suffered minor injuries.
“It’s awful,” said neighbor Patricia Adams. “I hope they lock him up and throw away the key — the guy was drunk.”
The out-of-control vehicle left debris and injuries for half a block, before it finally stopped and caught fire.