What to Know
- A black SUV jumped a curb, hit a pedestrian and crashed into a storefront at Madison Avenue and East 64th Street
- The pedestrian was in serious but stable condition at a hospital; a man driving the SUV and a woman in the back of it were also injured
- It's not known what caused the SUV driver to lose control
Three people are injured, and at least one of them is fighting for her life, after an out-of-control SUV jumped a curb, hit a woman on the sidewalk and crashed into a storefront on the Upper East Side during the height of the evening rush, FDNY officials said.
It’s unclear what caused the driver of the SUV to lose control and veer onto a curb before hitting the 41-year-old woman shortly after 5 p.m.
After striking the woman, the SUV plowed into a storefront at Madison Avenue and East 64th Street, where it came to a stop. Vacheron Constantin, a Madison Avenue boutique selling luxury watches, appeared damaged in the crash.
Cellphone video shows the woman injured and motionless at the entrance of the store.
She was listed in critical condition at Cornell Medical Center. The 40-year-old man driving the SUV and a woman in the back of the SUV were also injured. Their conditions weren't immediately known, but witnesses said firefighters had to cut open the driver-side door to get the driver out.
The SUV was crippled in the crash. One of its doors was missing and its hood was crunched in. An overturned mailbox, shatter glass and other debris was on the street nearby.
Witness Mike Briggs says the SUV was speeding up Madison Avenue before it careened into the luxury store.
"I turned around like this and saw him go flying down the street, swerve to the right and hit multiple things," Briggs said.
Other witnesses said it looked like the driver was having a seizure during the crash. Carlos Medina was among them.
"The guy was having a seizure," Medina said. "I think he had a seizure while he was driving."
An investigation into the crash is ongoing. The SUV does not have NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission plates.
There was a heavy police and emergency response in the area shortly after the crash. Madison Avenue was shut down at East 64th Street, and East 64th Street was closed between Park and Madison avenues.