After a driver plowed into seven pedestrians in Midtown New York on Sunday, driving away and crashing into two cars in Queens, was caught by police, she reportedly told officers, “It’s in God’s hands,” police sources said on Monday.
The 29-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, was in a Honda Accord at the time of the hit-and-run, and is believed to have been suffering a mental-health episode at the time. She has been hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation. Authorities said she was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center after her arrest.
Just before midnight on Sunday, the driver, who tested negative for alcohol, tore through a red light and struck the victims in a crosswalk at West 36th Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. She continued driving to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, sources said.
The injured pedestrians were hospitalized and, as of Monday morning, were listed in stable condition. Five were taken to Bellevue Hospital: a 34-year-old woman who was initially listed in critical condition and four men ages 24, 27, 28 and 60, authorities said.
Additionally, a 32-year-old man was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center, and a 30-year-old man refused medical attention at the scene.
The driver then struck two cars on the Long Island Expressway near the 188th Street exit in Queens when her car became disabled. She was arrested at the scene when police matched her license plate to that of the vehicle in Midtown.
No individuals were hurt in the second crash, and other drivers were able to continue after exchanging information with police. The Honda driver, meanwhile, has multiple charges pending against her, police said.
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