(UPDATED) Car jumps curb, injuring four in the East Village

Car crashes into storefront in East Village. Credit: Getty Images
Car crashes into storefront in East Village. Credit: Getty Images

UPDATE: Three pedestrians and a bicyclist were wounded in a motor vehicle collision in the East Village this morning, police reported.

The incident occurred around 6:58 a.m. this morning, cops said, when a white 2013 Nissan Altima driving southbound on Second Avenue jumped the curb on the west side of the avenue between Fifth and Fourth streets.

Preliminary police reports indicate the car, driven by a 32-year-old man with a female passenger, hit a sign, a fire hydrant and a tree, and then continued down the block.

The driver then hit three men in front of a grocery store at 69 Second Ave., police said. Two of the victims, aged 38 and 53, suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. The third victim, 62, was in serious condition when all three were taken to Bellevue Hospital.

The men had been watering plants outside the store when they were hit, cops said.

Cops said the driver continued farther, finally coming to a stop 3 feet away from a wheelchair ramp at East Fourth Street and Second Avenue, where he hit a 37-year-old man on a rented CitiBike. That victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital, along with the driver, who was listed in stable condition with only minor injuries.

Police say the incident is under investigation. According to law enforcement sources, the driver will likely face charges, possibly for a DUI. The female passenger has reportedly given a statement to police.

Police have identified the driver as Shaun Martin, 32, from Queens. The 62-year-old victim’s condition has been upgraded and he is no longer considered likely to die. Police say the 38-year-old is in stable condition, and the 37-year-old cyclist and the 54-year-old who was outside the grocery store are both likely to survive.

Metro’s original story is below.

Three pedestrians and a bicyclist were wounded when a car jumped a curb in the East Village this morning, police reported.

The FDNY reported six people injured: one in serious condition, four in serious but stable condition, and one with minor injuries. There were two vehicles involved in the initial report of the incident, the fire department said, but they could not confirm that at this time.

Cops said four victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital. Three were not likely to die from their injuries, but one victim, a man in his 60s, reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries. The driver had only minor injuries.

The Highway Collision Investigation Squad was requested to respond to the scene.

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