The violent altercation started around 4:30 a.m. outside a hookah lounge in Queens, when the driver of a white Hyundai sedan got out of his auto and stabbed two other people, New York Police Department Assistant Chief David Barrere said.
Police say the crash happened after a knife fight outside a hookah lounge at 127th and Liberty Avenue. "The bodies went flying".
Ozzie Rogers, who witnessed the incident, told the New York Daily News that he saw the vehicle go at least 50 miles per hour on the sidewalk. "No, no, ' when this auto just comes from nowhere and hits the whole group", Rogers told the paper. All were taken to Jamaica Hospital. They added that the suspected attacker fled the scene; the search for the driver is ongoing. The pair were recovering and in stable condition.
Six people were struck by the auto, including the person who was killed. Four others who were struck are in critical condition.
Police say the driver then got back into his auto, drove off, jumped a curb and hit a group of pedestrians. He pleaded not guilty last week to terrorism charges.