Man Driving U-Haul Truck Hits Pedestrians in Brooklyn, Injuring 8

On Monday afternoon, cops had been reviewing safety footage from Chief Halal Market, at Fifth Avenue and Senator Road, that captured one of many collisions.

Amira Hegab, 40, had arrived at work on the market at 10:00 a.m. and mentioned she heard a commotion a couple of half-hour later. When Ms. Hegab rushed outdoors, she noticed a younger man who appeared badly injured on the road. He was rapidly taken away by an ambulance.

“I really feel so sorry for him,” she mentioned. “It’s insanity.”

A number of blocks away, on 72nd Road and Third Avenue, Lilia Gomez, 34, was sitting inside a McDonald’s consuming espresso with a pal after they noticed the truck barreling down the road. They rushed outdoors and noticed a person trapped beneath an e-bike, acutely aware however unable to maneuver.

Components of the bike had been strewn all around the avenue.

Emergency staff helped free the person and positioned him in an ambulance, mentioned Ms. Gomez, who described Bay Ridge as a quiet neighborhood of immigrants, a lot of them Arab.

“It’s a really peaceable place,” Ms. Gomez mentioned. “I believe I’m going to get my youngsters from college, as a result of I’m a bit of scared by what occurred. You don’t see this in Bay Ridge.”

On the identical block, Abdul Algumaei was about to step outdoors the smoke store the place he labored when he noticed the motive force crash into the person on the bike. Then, he mentioned, the motive force tore down the sidewalk in entrance of his retailer, adopted by cops who additionally drove their automotive on the sidewalk.

Mr. Algumaei, 26, who averted the automobiles, mentioned he was “shaking.”

“I’m at all times sitting on the market in my chair,” he mentioned.

Chelsia Rose Marcius, Maria Cramer and Liam Stack contributed reporting. Kitty Bennett contributed analysis.