Sunday, July 30, 2017

Two Injured - One Critically After Speeding Van Crashes Into Queens Park

The 53-year-old driver of the van in an ambulance at the scene shortly after striking five people including two in Brookville Park.  (Myles Miller/PIX11 News)

At least 5 people were injured, including one critically when a van slammed into two pedestrians and then crashed into a nearby pond in a Queens park Saturday evening.

Police say a white van driven by a 53-year-old pastor was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck and rear ended a Hyundai Sonata after running a red light, according to the NYPD.

The van then continued and entered Brookville Park where it hit two additional people including a 19-year-old woman and 18-year-old man before crashing into Conselyea’s Pond. 

The 19-year-old suffered a head injury and is listed in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital. The man has a leg injury.

Five people in total were injured, including a 7-year old girl, a man 44, and a female 40 when they were struck in the street and sidewalk. 

Video taken on the scene shows the pastor wearing a white rope with his hands up as he exits the van as FDNY and police wade into the water.

A witness said the man kept saying, ‘praise Jesus’ with his hands up and his big long robe — ‘Hallelujah, praise Jesus, Hallelujah, praise Jesus!'”

 Several verses from the bible can be seen on the rear window of the van.

The driver is in police custody at Jamaica Hospital.

The terrifying incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. at South Conduit Avenue and Brookville Boulevard in Rosedale Queens.   

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