UPDATED 09/18/15 12:12 a.m.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police late Thursday were searching for an out-of-control ice cream truck driver who was seen on surveillance video crashing into multiple cars on the Lower East Side.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, surveillance video showed the ice cream speeding down the road and narrowly missing a car. Video from another angle showed the truck plowing right into a small car on Clinton Street.
Area maintenance worker Eric Camacho watched it happen.
“He turned, he hit a motorcycle, then he hit the BMW, and he backed up and came over here and hit two more cars,” Camacho said.
It all happened on Friday, Sept. 11 around 11:15 p.m. As Camacho indicated, police said four cars were hit, along with one motorcycle, near East Broadway.
The truck then smashed through the fence at the Seward Park Cooperative building, where a temporary fence has since been erected.
Tire tracks could also still be seen in the grass Thursday night where the truck left the road and jumped across the sidewalk.
“It’s just a scary thought that someone can do that right in the middle of very residential area like this,” said resident George Kimmel.
Even at night, the sidewalk is busy, and residents said it is hard to believe no one was hit.
“It’s New York. It happens,” said Jonathon Tischler of the Lower East Side. “What do I think about it? It’s a tragedy. Thank God nobody got hurt — it’s only cars.”
“He had to have been drunk or something – had to have been drunk,” added Camacho. “It was a Friday night, and no ice cream man is going to be out here at 12 at night selling ice cream to kids, because all the kids are home already.”
Witnesses told CBS2 they believe the truck took off over the Williamsburg Bridge.
The NYPD said late Thursday that it was still investigating, and no arrests have been made. Anyone with who the ice cream truck driver could be was asked to call police.