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3 seriously injured after being struck by driver in Brooklyn

5 hurt in crash in Brooklyn after driver strikes pedestrians, parked car
5 hurt in crash in Brooklyn after driver strikes pedestrians, parked car 01:41

NEW YORK -- Three people were seriously injured after being struck by a driver in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

It happened just after 7:15 p.m. at 18th Avenue and 76th Street in Bensonhurst.

According to police, an 89-year-old man was parking when he confused the pedals and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake.

Police say the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a 20-year-old man on a scooter and a parked car before jumping the curb. Police say the driver then hit a male pedestrian on the sidewalk and ultimately crashed into a building.

"There was a guy on the floor, he was knocked out. Then there was a lady in the middle car, her airbag inflated. She was an older woman with an older gentleman. The other car, I don't know who was in there, but I know they pulled somebody out there in a stretcher. It was such an impact," witness Nilsa Rosario said.

Witnesses say the driver was speeding before the crash.

"We actually had a petition a few years ago for a stop sign here and it never happened. I've been here 17 years," Rosario said.

Three victims -- the man on the scooter, a 20-year-old man who was in the parked car, and the male pedestrian, whose age is unknown -- were taken to local hospitals with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

The 89-year-old driver and a passenger in his vehicle suffered minor injuries.

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