NEW YORK – Police have arrested a New York City man in connection with a car wreck that left a half city block in shambles and severely injured a 60-year-old man.
Police say Shaun Martin, of Queens, was driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs when his car rocketed onto a Manhattan sidewalk Wednesday morning.
Eight people were hurt as the car smashed through a tree, a telephone booth, parked bicycles, a parking kiosk and a flower stand.
Several people were hospitalized. One cyclist in the city's new bike-share program was hit by a flying fire hydrant.
Police say Martin was driving a rented Nissan Altima.
They say this isn't the first time he has been charged with inebriated driving.
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A car rocketing down an avenue in Manhattan's dense East Village swerved out of control, plowed down a sidewalk and smashed through a storefront flower stand Wednesday morning, injuring eight people, witnesses and officials said.
At least one person was critically hurt in the crash, which happened at around 7 a.m., police said.
A New Yorker who saw the wreck unfold said he saw two vehicles racing down Second Avenue at a frightening speed.
"They were swerving around cars. When the white car swerved right, it lost control," said Dr. Alvaro Alban.
The vehicle smashed through everything on the sidewalk. A fire hydrant landed down the block. A large tree and a street sign were down. A person on a bicycle was struck, along with three workers at a 24-hour grocery.
"Everything that was in the way, he took it out," said bystander Rafael Fuentes.
The car crashed through the market's flower stand, overturning an outdoor refrigerator case.
Another witness, Najava Stone, said people were hurt by flying debris. He said the car spun before landing in a crosswalk.
Flowers were strewn on the sidewalk and on the crumpled hood of the car. Its front end was obliterated.
Police were investigating whether the driver was impaired.
The other car never stopped, Alban said.