Just before 7 this morning, a car coming down 2nd Avenue crashed into an East Village bodega at East 4th Street. Eight people were injured, three of whom were employees of the store. A man claiming to be the owner of the business declined comment.
No determination has been made if the police are going to investigate this as a DUI. Witnesses told the New York Daily News that two cars appeared to be racing before one crashed into the store. The other car was seen speeding off.
The scene is cordoned off in police tape. The mangled car and the crash debris are still strewn across the intersection. Police have closed traffic on East 4th Street, while rubberneckers moving down Second Avenue are clogging the intersection. Products from the bodega, like flower bouquets and canned items, are scattered in between all the crushed glass and metal.
By the time the Voice arrived, all victims had been transported to nearby hospitals.
We’ll be checking back all day as the investigation continues.
Update: Looks like this will indeed be a DUI investigation. NBC New York is reporting that 32-year-old Queens resident Shaun Martin was arrested at the hospital on charges of drunk driving. No word yet if this was an incident of street-racing.