MANHATTAN, NY – Nine people were injured after a driver fleeing from police crashed into a group of pedestrians in Midtown Manhattan early on New Year’s Day, WPIX reports.
Among the victims was 29-year-old Carrie Bernans, an actress who has appeared in such films as “Black Panther” and “The Color Purple.”
Police said a 44-year-old man was fleeing from police officers at around 1:30 a.m. when he drove onto the sidewalk and injured several pedestrians before crashing into a restaurant on West 34th Street near Ninth Avenue near Penn Station. The driver also struck several police cars.
Bernans was pinned under a food truck and suffered broken bones, fractures, and chipped teeth, according to a post by her mother on Instagram. She was listed in critical condition but was expected to recover. None of the injuries to the other victims, including three police officers, was life-threatening.
The driver, identified as Mohamed Alaouie of New Jersey, was listed in critical but stable condition after being taken to an area hospital. He was subsequently arrested on several charges including attempted murder, reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated.
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