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3 dead, 7 injured after suspected drunk driver crashes in New York City park on July 4

3 dead, 7 injured after suspected drunk driver crashes in New York City park on July 4

3 dead, 7 injured after suspected drunk driver crashes in New York City park on July 4

Four victims were trapped underneath a gray Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Three people were killed and seven others injured after a suspected drunk driver crashed his vehicle into a park on New York City’s Lower East Side, police said Thursday night.

The 44-year-old New Jersey man was driving the gray Ford F-150 when he struck several pedestrians in the park at the intersection of Water and Jackson streets at 8:53 p.m. Thursday night, police said.

The driver was heading east on Water Street when he sped through a stop sign, mounted the curb and crashed into Corlears Hook Park. The pickup truck was on top of four of the victims when authorities arrived. Good Samaritans restrained the driver until police arrived.

The New York Fire Department arrived at the scene within three minutes and found four victims trapped underneath a gray Ford F-150 pickup truck, authorities said.

The FDNY worked with the NYPD’s emergency services unit to remove the patients from under the vehicle, authorities said.

Two women were pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital. A man was pronounced dead at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Lower Manhattan.

The 59-year-old woman and the 38-year-old man appear to be related. The other woman appears to be in her 40s.

Among those hospitalized are a mother and her two young children, police said.

First responders detected the smell of alcohol at the scene, police said. Tests are being conducted to determine if the driver was intoxicated during the incident, they added.

The driver is in custody on pending charges and is suspected of being intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Authorities said terrorism is not suspected at this time, although the investigation is ongoing.