Six pedestrians injured in chain-reaction crash near City Hall

Six pedestrians injured in chain-reaction crash near City Hall



Six pedestrians were hurt by a speeding livery cab driver who hurtled through an intersection near City Hall in Lower Manhattan Thursday.


The Lincoln Town Car livery cab was headed east on Liberty St. when it swerved sharply at Broadway to get around a Ford Explorer but collided with the SUV instead about 1:20 p.m., cops said.


The Explorer hit a cyclist, crushing the bike under one of the SUV’s wheels, while the livery driver kept going.


“There was a lady that dove out of the way in front of me,” said witness Hector Freytes, 40, of Astoria. “She has the reflexes of a cat. I hope she’s all right.”


Freytes said the Town Car wasn’t swerving or braking.


“It was a straight bee line,” he said. “It wasn’t stopping or slowing down at all. I thanked my lucky stars. I’m a little shaken up … People were scattered all around. I called it in for an ambulance.”


The Town Car hit a woman heading uptown in the crosswalk and slammed into a Mercedes, hurting the driver. It then jumped a curb and hit a parked car before coming to rest.

Cops were investigating whether the crash was spurred by road rage. 

(Thomas Levinson/New York Daily News)


“I just was walking with my friend and maybe five meters in front of us some car just hit the girl and then went through and hit another car,” said Zuzana Adamcov, a Czech artist on her lunch break.


“She was in shock. She was saying she was OK. She was lying on the floor. The driver was lying on the right air bag. I think it seems like accident.”


Medics took three people, including one person in serious condition, to Bellevue Hospital, while three with minor injuries went to Lower Manhattan Hospital.


The driver of the Town Car was being questioned at the First Precinct stationhouse, police said.


“After Halloween, you kind of have to be more careful crossing the street and such, said Freytes, referring to the Halloween terror attack on West St. that left eight dead. “Look both ways always. I just hope everyone is OK.”


Cops were investigating whether the crash was spurred by road rage. The Town Car driver may have been angry the Explorer was slow to go through the intersection. 

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