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Man Crashes Parked Car Into Pedestrian High on Heroin, Prosecutors Say

By Nicholas Rizzi | September 26, 2016 3:55pm

ST. GEORGE —  A man high on heroin crashed a parked car into a pedestrian on the sidewalk, injuring her, prosecutors said.

John King, 27, was driving his 2012 Chevrolet pick up truck while on heroin and marijuana when he swerved and struck a large garbage bin near 44 Richmond Terrace on Tuesday at about 7:20 p.m., according to court papers.

He continued to drive then crashed into a parked 2013 Hyundai sedan, causing it to hit another parked car that mounted the curb and hit a pedestrian walking on the sidewalk, prosecutors said.

The female pedestrian was taken to Richmond University Medical Center and was treated for bruising and a broken hand, according to court papers.

When police arrived, they found King had bloodshot eyes and was bleeding from a vein in his left arm. They also found a hypodermic needle and several glassine envelopes of heroin inside the car, prosecutors said.

"I just smoked weed," King told police, according to court papers.

King was charged with reckless endangerment, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marihuana and unlawful possession of marijuana at his Wednesday arraignment, the Staten Island District Attorney's office said.

He was released without bail and is due back in court on Oct. 5, according to online court records.

King was previously arrested in July and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, according to court records.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.