A driver enraged over a fight about a parallel-parking fender-bender early Sunday got out of his car and stabbed two people, then drove his car onto a sidewalk and struck a group of six pedestrians, killing one of them, police said.
Police arrested 22-year-old Adrian Harry of Queens and charged him with murder, two counts of assault, six counts of reckless endangerment and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon, according to police. Officials say he confessed Monday in court.
The driver of a white Hyundai got into an argument with two people in a BMW after when he allegedly tapped the bumper of the BMW outside of a hookah bar in the Richmond Hill neighborhood in Queens at about 4:30 a.m., according to police.
Harry then allegedly got out of his car and stabbed two people from the BMW in their torsos, police said.
A group of people came out from the hookah bar and tried to intervene. That's when police say the man got back into the car and drove onto the sidewalk at 128th Street, striking at least six people. One of the stabbing victims was also struck by the car.
Surveillance footage from the scene obtained by News 4 shows the man getting into the car and speeding down the road before steering into the sidewalk to hit the group.
Mily Urbina said the driver looked to be going about 50 mph down the sidewalk. “I just saw the car went through by the sidewalk and went all the way down,” she said.
Richardo Chattergoon, 23, from Far Rockaway, died after being hit by the car, according to police.
A 29-year-old man from Brooklyn was hospitalized in critical condition; police said he was both stabbed and struck by the car.
The rest of the victims were at Jamaica Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police said the victims included a 29-year-old man with a head injury, a 27-year-old man with a broken leg, a 29-year-old man with a broken pelvis and a 20-year-old woman with a broken leg.
Chattergoon's family members were in tears as they looked for him Sunday.
“We can’t find him. He leave last night and he didn’t come back home,” said Pat Dennis, the victim’s aunt.
The white Hyundai was found at another location in Queens, according to police.
Detectives were seeking surveillance video which could show more about what happened, police said.
Meanwhile, residents say it isn’t the first time they’ve seen a fight outside the lounge.
“I’ve been there a few times and I’ve seen stuff that happened like right in front of the place,” Narendra Bisesar said.
Urbina said she often sees fights at the lounge. “Sometimes at 6 o’clock in the morning there’s fighting over there,” she said.
The investigation is ongoing.