NEW YORK – A car plowed into pedestrians on a New York City sidewalk for the third time in two days, hurting four people and raising the toll to nearly two dozen victims from the spate of wrecks.
Saturday’s accident in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, which injured two toddlers, came a day after cars veered onto sidewalks at two locations in Manhattan, hitting a total of 17 people. Two were hospitalized in serious condition; 11 others were treated for less serious injuries.
Witnesses to Saturday’s accident said the car crashed into two children at play on the sidewalk, where they lay bleeding after being hit.
A 2-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition, and a 2-year-old girl was in stable condition, police said. Two young women, 16 and 19, were in stable condition.
Police say the driver ran from the scene but was later taken into police custody, with charges possible.
The driver in one of Friday’s accidents was arrested after hitting 10 people in front of a music store in Manhattan’s Garment District. Six victims were hospitalized in stable condition, while the rest declined treatment.
The 23-year-old driver was arrested on charges of unlicensed driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Earlier Friday, a 60-year-old driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes while pulling out of a Chinatown parking spot, police said. His car hit seven people on the sidewalk and a bench; two were hospitalized in serious but stable condition.