A man behind the wheel of an out-of-control van slammed into two pedestrians and a car in Queens, NY, Saturday—injuring six people, two critically—before driving into a pond, authorities said.
The unidentified man, who was dressed in a white preacher robe, emerged from the Ford Econoline van screaming “Hallelujah!! Praise Jesus!” according to witness on the scene. The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. when the van suddenly accelerated on Brookville Blvd. in Rosedale and plowed into two teens, witnesses and officials said.
“It tossed them in the air. Must have been about eight to 10 feet,” said witness Sean Hines, 46. “The man fell in the back of the van. The female fell in front of the van. The van ran over the girl. Just ran over her.”
The speeding vehicle then sideswiped a Toyota sedan and ran over a pedestrian crossing sign before splashing into the pond inside Brookville Park.
Dramatic video captured the moment the driver, who was wearing a gold chain over his robe, emerged from the van in knee-high water with his hands in the air.
Scrawled onto the back window in white letters was “Psalm 24” and “Psalm 27.”
The two teens are in critical condition and another victim is in stable condition, according to police. Three others were in serious condition.
The driver was also taken to Jamaica Hospital for an evaluation and charges were pending, according to police.