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Man Arrested After Car Jumped Curb in East Village

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Queens man who was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol was arrested after his car plowed onto an East Village sidewalk and injured eight people Wednesday morning, police said. 

Shaun Martin was behind the wheel when his car jumped a curb, smashed through a tree, a telephone booth, bicycles, a parking kiosk and a flower stand near 4th Street and Second Avenue, police said.

Three pedestrians and one Citi Bike cyclist were among those injured.

Miguel Lopez, who works at a diner a block away, says he heard what sounded like an explosion and rushed out of his restaurant.

"I see the white car in the middle of the street, all bags down, the trees, the hydrant in the corner, two people hit by the car were on the floor, where the flowers and everything were," he said.

Another witness, Najava Stone, says people were hurt by flying debris. He says the car spun before landing in a crosswalk.

The victims are being treated at Bellevue Hospital.

With Jaleesa Baulkman and the Associated Press

(Photos by Jaleesa Baulkman)

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