Driver charged with manslaughter in deadly pedestrian crash in Gramercy Park
A 26-year-old driver has been charged with manslaughter, DWI and related offenses after plowing into a crowd of people in Manhattan, killing one pedestrian and leaving three others hospitalized.
It happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday on 21st Street and Third Avenue as the striking vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, was traveling north on Third.
An eyewitness said the sound of the sedan swerving, striking several pedestrians and smashing into a kiosk “sounded like a grenade going off.”
Police said 26-year-old Mahbub Ali, of Queens, was intoxicated and may have been trying to avoid a cyclist when the crash.
A 23-year-old male pedestrian was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.
His name was being withheld pending notification of family.
A 26-year-old female pedestrian remains hospitalized in critical condition, and a 21-year-old pedestrian is stable.
An 18-year-old male cyclist who was struck and a 25-year-old female passenger in the Hyundai are also in stable condition Monday morning.
Ali was not injured and was taken into custody immediately following the crash.
He has been charged with Manslaughter, Vehicular Manslaughter, Assault and Driving While Intoxicated.
The crash happened next to the former NYPD Police Academy, which the city has been using to house asylum seekers.
Investigators are looking into whether any of the migrants are among the victims.