A chain reaction crash caused by two drivers who both had suspended licenses sent an SUV careening onto the sidewalk in Kips Bay, injuring at least one pedestrian, police said.
At around 6 p.m. on Wednedasy, the driver of a black sedan traveling north on Third Avenue reportedly stopped short, causing the driver of an SUV behind it to sideswipe the sedan and jump the curb near East 31st Street. The SUV then struck a light pole and sent a metal garbage can hurtling through the air, which hit a woman walking nearby, witnesses told NBC.
“It was a terrible crash, and things went flying. I saw metal flying," witness Arlene Normyle told PIX 11. "The girl was down on the ground."
(Gramercy, Manhattan) Multiple Pedestrians Hit by Car — The collision occurred near E 31st St & 3rd Ave. It is unclear if anyone is suffering from life-threatening injuries. Details here: https://t.co/MVPOhKmcEq pic.twitter.com/u82K4PaMyT
— Citizen NYC (@CitizenApp_NYC) August 22, 2018
Police said a 29-year-old pedestrian was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Cell phone footage taken by a bystander shows another person on the ground, near the passenger door of the SUV.
The 34-year-old driver of the SUV and 29-year-old driver of the sedan were both arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.