FREEPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The driver accused of plowing into a family in Freeport is now being held on $200,000 bond.

Mitchell Messling faces several charges, including DWI.

Mitchell Messling (Credit: Nassau County Police Department)

Several pedestrians, including a child, were struck by Messling’s car that jumped a Long Island curb Monday afternoon.

According to police, the accident happened in Freeport around 4 p.m.

Sources told CBS2 that a BMW jumped the curb at the intersection of South Long Beach Avenue and West Merrick Road.

Several pedestrians were struck in Freeport on May 27, 2019. (Credit: CBS2)

Two adults and an 11-year-old boy were all injured in the accident. The young boy has reportedly suffered serious head trauma but is expected to survive.

Cell phone video from witnesses at the scene showed the boy being wheeled away on a stretcher to a waiting medevac helicopter.

The adults were taken to area hospitals and are in stable condition. The incident took place right outside of a residential complex and witnesses said they know the victims.

“It could have been me… Even thinking about it makes me wants to cry… I know the mothers and everything,” Gladys Santos told CBS2’s Lisa Rozner.

Police say Messling’s blood alcohol level measured .17 – nearly twice the legal limit. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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