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1 critical after van hits several pedestrians in Queens, authorities say

An out-of-control van that plunged into a pond

An out-of-control van that plunged into a pond at a Queens park on Saturday night, authorities said. The wreck happened just before 7:30 p.m. near Brookville Boulevard and 143rd Avenue in Rosedale, authorities said. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

One woman was left fighting for her life and several others were hurt after an out-of-control van veered off the road and plunged into a pond at a Queens park Saturday night, authorities said.

The crash occurred just before 7:30 p.m. near Brookville Boulevard and 143rd Avenue in Rosedale, authorities said.

A white van traveling north on Brookville Boulevard, approaching a blue Hyundai from behind, rear-ended the car near 143rd Avenue, police said. 

The crash sent the Hyundai careening into two pedestrians, a man and a woman, before it came to a stop, according to police.

The van then also ran over the woman pedestrian before barreling to the park and slamming into a still pond, coming to rest half submerged in the water.

The woman pedestrian, 19, was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in critical condition, police said. The 18-year-old male pedestrian suffered leg injuries and was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, fire officials said.

Three people who were inside the rear-ended Hyundai were also injured, police said. They were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center and treated for minor injuries, police said.

Investigators believe the van’s driver, the vehicle’s sole occupant, may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash and was taken into custody, police said.

The unidentified 53-year-old driver was taken to Jamaica Hospital and was being evaluated, authorities said. It was not known if the driver suffered any injuries because of the crash, police said. Charges were pending against him Sunday morning, police said.

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