At least 5 injured after car jumps curb in East Village; driver under arrest

Posted at 8:57 AM, Jun 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-19 13:54:01-04

EAST VILLAGE (PIX11) —  A driver is under arrest after his out-of-control car jumped the curb and slammed into a deli in the East Village Wednesday morning, injuring five people.

According to authorities,  the 32-year-old driver about 7 a.m.  jumped a curb between East Fourth and Fifth streets and stuck a tree, fire hydrant, and a sign . The white Nissan Altima continued down the block and drove into a deli, striking three pedestrians in front of it. The vehicle then hit  a cyclist before coming to a full stop on East Fourth Street and Second Avenue.

Police said the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to multiple reports. He is hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital and is in stable condition.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said the driver refused to take a Breathalyzer test and had prior drunken driving arrests.

The four victims, men ranging from ages 37 to 62, are also in stable condition.

There was one passenger in the car but she was not injured.


The remains of a vehicle following an accident early Wednesday that left five injured in the East Village. (PIX11)