Driver apprehended following accident at Queens produce market


ASTORIA, QUEENS – Authorities said a driver who left the scene of an accident at a produce market in Queens last week was later apprehended.

According to a report by WABC, a Mercedes-Benz jumped a curb, went up onto a sidewalk and crashed into the United Brothers Fruit Market at 33rd Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria.  Witnesses said the driver was apparently trying to elude law enforcement vehicles at the time.

The incident was captured on surveillance video, which showed the car hitting a woman on the sidewalk and then fleeing the scene.   An ambulance arrived to transport the victim, a customer of the market whose injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The driver of the Mercedes was pursued by law enforcement officers and later crashed into a parked vehicle in Woodside before being taken into custody at 31st Avenue and 57th Street.  Charges were pending in the case.

According to the report, law enforcement sources said two weapons and fentanyl pills were found inside the car.  The NYPD and New York State Police were working together on the investigation into the driver and the vehicle.

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