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Drunk Driver Mows Down Pedestrians on Bushwick Sidewalk, Police Say

By Gwynne Hogan | September 5, 2017 2:07pm

BUSHWICK — A drunk driver injured seven pedestrians when he drove along a crowded sidewalk — trapping one on the hood of his car — before eventually blowing through a red light and striking another vehicle early Monday morning, authorities said.

Naquan Ricks, 23, of Cypress Hills, told police he'd had a few beers and was trying to make a U-turn in his 2007 Infiniti near the intersection of Halsey Street and Wilson Avenue, when he lost control of his car and ended up on the sidewalk around 5 a.m. Monday, prosecutors said.

He proceeded to mow down seven people ranging in age from 30 to 43 years old, including one victim who wound up on the hood of his car, police and prosecutors said.

Emergency responders rushed the seven victims to area hospitals with injuries to their feet, arms, shoulder, legs, lower back and knees, prosecutors said.

One woman also suffered a heart attack during the incident, though all the victims were listed in stable condition several hours after the crash, police said.

Video of the collision obtained by ABC7 shows Ricks's car driving down the Halsey Street sidewalk, striking pedestrians as they attempt to run for cover.

The Post also has video of Ricks's car driving on the sidewalk.

Police caught up to Ricks several blocks away, near the intersection of Schafer Street and Bushwick Avenue, where he'd blown through a red light and T-boned a 52-year-old man's vehicle, police and prosecutors said. 

Ricks was taken to Woodhull Hospital, where he agreed to take a Breathalyzer test, and he was later charged him with driving while intoxicated, seven counts of vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident, prosecutors said. 

Ricks told investigators that he knew he'd hit pedestrians but fled the scene because he was nervous. He'd been trying to park his car near Decatur Street and Bushwick Avenue when he crashed, prosecutors said.

He was arraigned on Tuesday on $10,000 bail.

Information on his attorney wasn't immediately available.