Driver Suspected of East Village DUI Asked Cops 'Am I Dead?'
EAST VILLAGE — The drunk and drugged-up driver who slammed into several pedestrians and a Citi biker this week had PCP in his sock and was so out of it repeatedly asked cops "Am I dead," prosecutors said.
Shaun Martin, a 32-year-old Bayside, Queens resident, was charged with driving high, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance and vehicular assault, according to the complaint.
Martin was convicted in May 2007 of "operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs," the Manhattan District Attorney's office said.
Witnesses and cops said that Martin cut across three lanes and jumped a curb on Second Avenue near East Fifth Street just before 7 a.m. Wednesday — mowing down a street sign, a fire hydrant and a tree — and sent a 300-pound Muni-Meter flying.
Martin then hit three bodega employees — who were 54, 62, and 39-years-old — before rear-ending a 37-year-old man on a Citi Bike, witnesses and cops said.
The most severely injured worker lost consciousness and suffered an internal head injury and broken femur and ankle as well as a foot wound, the DA said.
The second and third workers had a compound elbow fracture and broken ankle, respectively.
A police officer at the scene of the accident said that Martin "had bloodshot eyes, was unsteady on his feet, kept repeating 'Am I dead?'' the criminal complaint states.
An EMT later treating Martin found PCP in a Ziploc bag squirreled away in his sock, prosecutors said in court papers.
A woman who had been with Martin just before the accident told law enforcement agents that he "had been drinking and doing drugs all night," the complaint added.
Martin is being held on $100,000 bail or bond and is due back in court Monday.