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A driver has been charged with driving under the influence after plowing through a crowded sidewalk on June 19. The driver, a 32-year-old New York resident, was found to be in possession of drugs when police responded to the car accident. He was arrested for DWI after he refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

According to eyewitnesses, the driver was traveling at nearly three times the posted speed limit on the New York street when he lost control of his vehicle. The car left the street, striking a variety of objects including a telephone pole and a fire hydrant, before crashing through a flower cart. The cart’s owner was critically injured and rushed to hospital where his condition is listed as stable.

Several other people were hurt in the accident, including a bicyclist and several bystanders, as well as a passenger in the vehicle itself. All in all six people were taken to hospital with a variety of injuries. When police arrived they found a stash of hashish in the driver’s sock. He has several other convictions for DWI and drug possession, according to police records.

If the man is found guilty of DWI in this car accident, he will face criminal consequences for his actions. In the interim, all the injured parties are entitled to pursue personal injury lawsuits separate from the criminal investigation under New York law. Particularly in the case of the injured flower cart owner, whose damaged leg may prevent him from working for some time to come, legal precedent certainly exists to validate the filing of such cases.

Source: New York Daily News, “Driver charged with DWI in East Village sidewalk crashed that injured six,” Barry Paddock, Thomas Tracey and Larry McShane, June 19, 2013