FROM STREETSBLOG NYC
A drunk driver was arrested for hitting a pedicab, several cars and then a pedestrian in a wild, high-speed crash near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Sunday night, cops said.
According to police, driver Ibrahim Dembele was in his car near the corner of W. 40th Street and Eighth Avenue at around 8 p.m. when he backed into the intersection, striking a pedicab and another vehicle. At that point, he fled north on Eighth Avenue, attracting the attention of two NYPD cops on foot patrol at W. 43rd, according to a police spokeswoman.
The cops gave chase — on foot — but caught up with the driver at W. 48th Street because he had struck two more cars and a pedestrian, and then flipped his vehicle. The driver had initially fled on the roadway of Eighth Avenue before jumping into the bike lane and striking the pedestrian.
Police said there were two victims — men ages 43 and 63 — but did not know more about the victims in this preliminary report. Indeed, cops did not have information about the pedestrian that witnesses mentioned in the W42ndSt account.
Dembele, 27, was taken to Bellevue Hospital for testing — and cops said he was later charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of a crash and reckless driving.
FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS ABC7 NEW YORK
A chaotic scene played out in Midtown after a hit-and-run driver collided with a pedicab.
It happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday on 48th Street and 8th Avenue.
Police say after striking the pedicab, the driver, who is believed to be in his 20s, fled the scene.
He later flipped his vehicle after hitting a parked car about 8 blocks away and was taken into custody by police.
Two people were hurt including the pedicab driver, who refused medical attention.
The condition of the injured people is not yet known and charges are pending against the driver.