A New York driver has injured eight pedestrians when his car spun out of control. The vehicle came to rest after jumping a sidewalk and plowing through a flower stand in a grocery store front. The auto-pedestrian accident occurred in a congested area of New York City.
According to the reports, the driver was taken into police custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. The investigation into how fast he was driving is still ongoing. One witness, however, told authorities that he had seen two cars racing at high speeds before the accident occurred. Both cars were swerving around other drivers when one of the vehicles lost control.
The car, a rented vehicle, had destroyed everything in its path once it lost control, including a 25-foot tree, parked bicycles, a street sign and a telephone booth before crashing into the flower stand. Several people, including several employees of the grocery store, were hospitalized due to the accident with injuries ranging from concussions to severe back pain. A bicyclist was also injured after being hit by a fire hydrant that had been dislodged by the driver as he plowed through the sidewalk.
The driver has faced charges in the past for drug possession and for DUI. However, it is unknown if he was convicted for those charges. He currently remains in police custody while the authorities continue to investigate reports on the second car, which never stopped, according to the witness.
When pedestrians are involved in an auto accident, the responsibility almost always rests with the driver of the vehicle, unless the pedestrians were not following the traffic laws. However, an experienced attorney may be able to help their clients mitigate or reduce any penalties that result in a DUI conviction by challenging the administration of any breathalyzer tests or field sobriety tests.
Source: Newsday, “East Village grash: Shaun Martin, Queens man, drove impaired, cops say,” June 19, 2013