Sunday, July 7, 2024

East Village McDonald's pays tribute to 2 victims from suspected DUI collision in Corlears Hook Park during July 4 celebration

Residents who live around Corlears Hook Park on the Lower East Side are reeling from the tragedy that unfolded on the evening of July 4 when an alleged drunken driver plowed into a group celebrating the holiday, killing three people and injuring at least eight others. 

There's a makeshift memorial with balloons, candles and flowers at the McDonald's on 14th Street at First Avenue for two of the victims, Lucille Pinkney, 59, and her son, Herman Pinkney, 38.

"Lucille had worked for many years at the McDonald's on 14th Street and First Avenue and was the sweetest person," said Tom Hickey, who shared the photos here. "[She was] always greeting patrons with a smile and remembering their orders and things like that. Lovely, lovely woman." 
Authorities identified the other victim as Ana Morel, 43, of East Harlem. 

Police said that a Ford F-150 came traveling "at a high rate of speed" shortly before 9 p.m., went through an intersection and past a stop sign, then drove onto the sidewalk and into Corlears Hook Park. 

The driver, Daniel Hyden, 44, a substance abuse counselor in New Jersey, was arrested on charges including aggravated vehicular homicide, eight counts of assault for recklessly causing serious injury with a weapon, driving while intoxicated, and aggravated unlicensed driving, police said.

This afternoon, local elected officials helped organize a prayer vigil at Corlears Hook Park. Rev. Dr. Marc Rivera will lead the service, which starts at 4 p.m.
CBS 2 ... PIX 11 ... and the Post are among the outlets with comments from the victims' loved ones, including 29-year-old Diamond Pinkney who lived a block away in the Vladeck Houses with his mom and brother.

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