Automobile plows in Manhattan protest, hits six folks – NBC New York

Police reported a car that crashed into a group of protesters at an intersection in Manhattan on Friday afternoon, and officers questioned the driver.

The incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on the corner of East 39th Street and Third Avenue in Murray Hill, according to police. Police said there were around 40 to 50 protesters in the area at the time, and six people were beaten, a police source told NBC New York. None of the injuries were classified as life threatening.

A protester who marched with the group said the event was held in solidarity with a hunger strike at Bergen County Jail in New Jersey.

According to two law enforcement sources, protesters surrounded the driver’s car while knocking and beating it. In a panic, the woman apparently drove forward to escape and hit the demonstrators in the process, police said.

An NYPD spokesman said officials were on the street alongside protesters to ensure cars did not turn onto East 39th Street. However, the car the woman was driving was halfway up the cordoned off block, which ultimately led to the confrontation.

The driver and co-driver, both women, stayed at the scene and were questioned by the police on site. No charges have been filed, but an investigation into the incident was still in its infancy.

On Twitter, the NYPD urged people to avoid the area “due to a vehicle collision with multiple pedestrians”.

A protester was arrested at the scene for obstructing a police investigation.

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