A driver veered onto a packed Fordham Heights sidewalk early Wednesday evening, injuring five people. The 26-year-old man was coming down East Fordham Road behind the wheel of a 2008 Chevy Impala at around 6:30 p.m. when he encountered a stopped vehicle and, instead of stopping also, police say he swerved onto the sidewalk, slamming into four people. The aftermath was chaotic, witness Walter Dalton told ABC7.

"Trash everywhere. People laying down bleeding, blood, car on the sidewalk. It was a mess," Dalton said.

(For a little levity, be sure to take note of the rambunctious kids dab-bombing ABC's live shots the day after.)

Three women and a man were struck, and a fourth woman was injured lunging out of the way of the car, police said. Paramedics drove all five to area hospitals. ABC7 reports that the crash sent a garbage can flying into the window of a storefront and knocked a metal utility box off its mount.

"I think it would've done real damage if it wasn't for" hitting the box, said J.R. Lopez, a pawn shop sign-holder who was struck but did not go to the hospital.

An NYPD spokeswoman said responding officers ticketed the driver for failure to yield to pedestrians, which seems like an odd choice given the existence of a law against reckless driving. The spokeswoman said that an earlier report that the driver was unlicensed is inaccurate. The road-safety group Transportation Alternatives issued a statement urging police and prosecutors to further probe the crash.

"We call on NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri’s Collision Investigation Squad to conduct a thorough crash investigation, and we urge Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark to vigorously pursue justice in this case," TA director Paul Steely White said.

The area around East Fordham Road and Tiebout Avenue was the scene of 16 crashes in 2015, according to NYPD data. In those collisions, four people were injured, all of them motor vehicle occupants.