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At least three people were killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed in a New York park during a Fourth of July celebration, police say

At least three people were killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed in a New York park during a Fourth of July celebration, police say

At least three people were killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed in a New York park during a Fourth of July celebration, police say

NEW YORK — At least three people were killed and six others injured when a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Manhattan park Thursday night during Fourth of July celebrations, authorities said.

Two of the victims were identified as Lucille Pickney, 59, and Hernan Pickney, 38, who lived nearby. The name of the third victim has not been released.

Dramatic scene during the 4th of July celebrations

The crash happened shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday on the Lower East Side, according to the New York City Police Department.

At a late-night news conference, New York Police Department Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck was speeding on Water Street, then ran a stop sign at the intersection of Water and Cherry streets, mounted the curb and crashed into Corlears Hook Park.

Nine people were struck, including four who were trapped beneath the vehicle. Two people were declared dead on Thursday and a third died overnight. At least one person remains hospitalized in critical condition.

“I thought they were putting up lights to have light for the barbecue because it was so bright and it was a truck coming up to the door,” said witness Shantay Bracey, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade. “I ran out screaming to see what was going on next, and it was just a riot, it was crazy.”

Maddrey said police are still working to determine the ages of the victims, but at least two children were taken to an area hospital.

Neighbors set up a memorial at the site early Friday morning, leaving candles to honor the victims.

Alcohol suspected, but no signs of terrorism, authorities say

Authorities said the incident does not appear to be terrorism-related, but they believe alcohol may have been a factor.

“A driver crashed into a crowd of people who were actually celebrating, as many New Yorkers and Americans are doing right now,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

“Officers who arrived on scene detected some alcohol, but we are still in the process of conducting tests,” Maddrey said.

The New York City Fire Department said crews arrived on scene within three and a half minutes and lifted the victims’ vehicle.

The driver, whose name was not released, was detained with the help of good Samaritans at the scene.

“We believe, initially, that there were people who were at the scene who grabbed the driver, pulled him out and made sure he didn’t leave until emergency services arrived on the scene,” Maddrey said.

So far, no charges have been filed.