EAST FLATBUSH — Eleven people, nine of them pedestrians, were hospitalized Saturday evening after a driver lost control of her car at a busy Brooklyn intersection, police said.
The driver, 48, was driving her 2004 Lincoln northbound on Utica Avenue at 6:47 p.m. with a 29-year-old male passenger, when she approached a red light at the intersection of Church Avenue, police said.
Instead of slamming her foot on the brakes, she accidentally hit the gas, police said, and shot into the crowded intersection. As she swerved to avoid colliding with the traffic around her, the vehicle jumped onto the sidewalk, hitting up to nine pedestrians, police said.
The Lincoln, the model of which was not immediately available, came to a stop after careening into nearby scaffolding and a bus stop shelter, cops said.
Eleven people including the occupants of the vehicle were hospitalized, police said. Among those were also four women, ages 21, 32, 38, and 59, including Denim's mother, Wendy, as well as an 18-year-old young man, and two elderly men, aged 69 and 86.
Six of the victims were transported to Brookdale Hospital, according to the FDNY, but information about the other victims was not available, police said.
According to police, no charges were pending against the driver, and all of the victims were in stable condition as of Sunday, though the severity of the conditions were uknown.