Driver Arrested After Crash That Killed 1 Pedestrian, Injured 4 in Lower Manhattan [VIDEO]


One person has died and four others were injured after they were struck by a vehicle on Canal Street in Lower Manhattan.

The FDNY and NYPD were on the scene treating the victims at around 7:00PM, at Canal and Forsyth Street in Chinatown.

It appears the driver, a 70-year-old man, lost control of his minivan while trying to parallel park. The driver claimed he thought he was in park and hit the gas pedal, according to officials. Surveillance footage (see below) shows the vehicle travelling in reverse at a high rate of speed.

The driver remained on the scene. He was arrested and charged with seven counts each of failure to yield and failure to exercise due care.

The injured pedestrians were taken to Bellevue Hospital. 2 were in critical condition, and two were in serious condition. The driver and his passenger, possibly his wife, were lightly injured and refused medical attention.


  1. According to the Daily News, he wasn’t arrested; he was issued an appearance ticket. But YWN never lets facts get in the way.

    Editors Note: Stick with the Daily News. FYI, here is the exact information (unedited – besides for YWN removing the name and the street where he lives) from the NYPD themselves:

    70-year-old male

    17 XXXXXX Drive, 202
    Monroe, NY

    Failure to Yield to Pedestrians (7 counts)
    Failure to Exercise Due Care
    Unsafe Backing of Vehicle
    Drive on/across a sidewalk