Seven pedestrians were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Manhattan, according to police. The incident occurred when a 29-year-old driver, who appeared to be emotionally disturbed, ran a red light at Sixth Ave. and W. 36th St. The pedestrians, ranging in age from 24 to 61, were crossing the street with the walk light when they were hit. The driver then fled the scene, heading east.
One victim, a 34-year-old woman, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. Another victim, a 28-year-old man, was also taken to Bellevue Hospital with head injuries and two broken legs. Two other victims were treated at the scene, while four were taken to Bellevue Hospital and one to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell.
The hit-and-run driver, who resides in New Jersey, continued east on the Long Island Expressway and collided with two vehicles in Queens, approximately 11 miles from the initial incident. Police were able to identify her vehicle and license plate, leading to her arrest. The driver tested negative for alcohol.
The driver is expected to face numerous charges.