At least six people have been injured after a van plowed through a park in Queens, New York around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, slamming into pedestrians and parked cars before crashing into a pond, according to police.
The white van was driving down Brookville Boulevard near South Conduit Avenue when full-out bedlam occurred, according to witnesses who said that the van sent one woman flying. “They actually got tossed into the air, like 6-10 feet,” Sean Hines told reporters. “After the van hit the car, the van ran over the same girl that was tossed up in the air.”
Watching the disaster unfold, bicyclist Michael Daly said the scene was “just crazy. Everybody was in the water, they jumped in the water and got that guy out.”
The driver, who exhibited bizarre behavior after he was pulled out of the pond, was counted by police as one of the injured.
“The police subdued him and had him on the floor, and he was kicking and screaming and kicking and trying to get away,” recalled a witness, noting that the man was wearing long pastor’s robes and wailing repeatedly, “Everything I own is in this van, everything I own is in this van!”
He was also heard shouting, “Praise Jesus! Hallelujah, praise Jesus, Hallelujah, praise Jesus!’”
According to police, a 19-year-old woman suffered head trauma and was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in critical condition. An 18-year-old man was also transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with a minor leg injury, and three other victims were taken to Northwell Health-Long Island Jewish Medical Center for observation.
“The good thing is that they caught him,” said one of the witnesses.
Criminal charges against the driver are pending.
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