3 People Killed, 8 Injured After Truck Strikes Group Celebrating July 4 in Manhattan Park 

Emergency personnel near the scene of the crash. (Aaron Berger/Hamodia)

(AP/Hamodia) — Three people were killed and eight others injured, three critically, when a pickup truck driven by an allegedly drunk driver drove into a group celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in a New York City park, authorities said.

A Ford F-150 came down a street “at a high rate of speed” shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday. The truck went through an intersection and past a stop sign, drove onto the sidewalk and into Corlears Hook Park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, New York Police Department Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said during a news conference.

The Daily News reports that driver Daniel Hyden of Monmouth Junction, N.J., was charged with drunk driving and for not having a valid license.

The injured initially included four people who were in critical condition, three who were seriously injured and two with minor injuries, Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael Meyers said.

As families were in the park celebrating the holiday, several of the victims were relatives. The Daily News reported that among those killed were Lucille Pinkney, 59, and her 38-year-old son Hernan Pinkney; and the injured included an 11-year-old boy and his 33-year-old mother.

Witness Juan Roman told the Daily News that a “mob” of people pulled Hyden out of the car “and started beating him,” and that FDNY members pulled the people off Hyden while others extracted the pinned victims.

The crash happened shortly before the start of the Macy’s fireworks show and other fireworks displays around New York.

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