Moped rider struck by alleged drunk driver on Lower East Side

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NY – Police say a man suspected of drunk driving caused a crash on the Lower East Side last week that critically injured a moped rider, according to WABC.

The 38-year-old moped operator was riding in the vicinity of Delancey Street and Bowery when the incident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators said the driver of a Toyota RAV4 was making a turn onto Delancey Street when the vehicle struck the moped.

The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. It was reported that he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

A witness told WABC that he tracked down the SUV driver after the man tried to leave the scene of the accident. The witness was quoted as saying, “We chased him down, we blocked him down the block, almost two blocks away, rolled him back to the crime scene.”

The 34-year-old SUV driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to the NYPD.

Police did not immediately release the names of the driver or the man who was injured.

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