NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspected drunken driver was taken into custody after several pedestrians were struck by a car in Brooklyn early Monday morning, police said.
A group of friends was hanging out at a holiday gathering around 5 a.m. in front of 1185 Halsey St. in Bushwick when a black four-door sedan came barreling toward them, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
“A car jumped the curb and just started going into everyone. Two of my friends got pinned into a gate,” said Latoya, a witness. “The car just ran over everyone.”
Latoya said she was lucky to be able to limp away.
“I jumped over, so I think for me landing is how I got hurt,” she said.
Ambulances rushed four people to Woodhull Medical Center. Police said none of the injuries are life-threatening.
The crash happened outside Bertlin Thompson’s home. Her surveillance cameras were rolling as people were jumping out of the car’s path.
“Thank God it wasn’t somebody that get killed,” said Bertlin Thompson, another witness who lived right by the crash site.
The 23-year-old driver kept going after his car stuck several people, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported. One man can be seen holding on to the hood of the car as it lost a wheel and rolled back onto the street.
Police caught up to and arrested the suspect a few blocks away as he tried to get away on foot.
Evelyn Rivera was in her kitchen when she heard the car smash into her fence.
“I heard like a real loud bang,” she said. “It sounded more like an explosion.
“There was a lady laying there. She was gasping for air. Another one was laying on the sidewalk. She wasn’t moving. I didn’t know if she was alive or what. It was very devastating.”
The driver has not yet been charged. Police have not yet interviewed him and don’t know if the crash was an accident or intentional.