Police search for driver who hit 2 pedestrians, crashed into Bronx restaurant

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MOTT HAVEN, BRONX, NY – New York City police are trying to track down the driver who struck two pedestrians before crashing into a restaurant in the Bronx, according to ABC7 New York.

Driver sought in Bronx restaurant crash

(Photo from ABC7 New York)

The incident took place Wednesday afternoon outside Villa Tapia in the area of East 139th Street and Brook Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the borough. Police said the driver of a Dodge SUV with Texas license plates hit the pedestrians, then struck an outdoor dining structure at the restaurant at about 3 p.m.

One of the injured victims, a 17-year-old girl, was hospitalized in critical condition but was expected to survive. The other pedestrian was a 40-year-old man who was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He told a reporter he was standing on the sidewalk waiting for a light to change when he was struck by the vehicle.

According to investigators, the driver of the vehicle took off on foot after the accident occurred and is still being sought.

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