Driver Who Jumped Curb, Crashed into East Village Bodega Was High on PCP, Meth: DA

Two deli workers were seriously hurt in the June 19 crash, and one of them suffered brain trauma

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 10:53 AM EDT
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Driver Plows into Bodega, 6 Hurt

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Driver Plows into Bodega, 6 Hurt

A driver jumped a curb in the East Village Wednesday morning, slamming into a bodega, injuring six people and leaving a trail of debris and broken glass along the sidewalk, officials said. Brynn Gingras reports.
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An indictment charges a Queens man with driving while impaired by drugs when his car jumped a curb in the East Village and plowed through a block and a half of street signs, fire hydrants and bike racks before slamming into a bodgea, seriously injuring two deli workers.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. says Shaun Martin, 32, also is charged with aggravated vehicular assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities allege he was high on PCP and methamphetamine on the morning of June 19 when he cut across three lanes of traffic and drove onto the sidewalk.

The car barreled down the sidewalk for about a block and a half before crashing into a flower stand attached to the deli and spinning out into the middle of the street.

One of the injured workers suffered brain trauma. Both had broken bones.

Police had said Martin reused a Breathalyzer test and has prior drunken driving arrests. Drugs were allegedly found stashed in his socks when he was treated at the hospital. 

Martin's attorney did not immediately respond to a comment request on Tuesday.

 

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