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A wacked-out man dressed in preachers’ flowing white robes plowed into six people, critically injuring two, before driving into a pond Saturday evening.

“Hallelujah!! Praise Jesus!” said the unidentified driver after emerging from a Ford Econoline van with the words “Psalm 24” and “Psalm 27” written on the back.


According to the New York Daily News, the odd scene unfolded about 7:30 p.m. when the van suddenly accelerated to a high speed on Brookville Boulevard in New York City’s Queens borough and hit two teenagers—an 18-year-old man and 19-year-old woman—crossing the street.

“It tossed them in the air. Must have been about 8 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 van then sideswiped a car, crushing its back end, and ran over another pedestrian before crashing into the pond inside Brookville Park.

The driver emerged from the water with his hands in the air, robes flowing and gold chain on, and mumbling to himself, according to witnesses.


The two teens are in critical condition and another victim is in stable condition, according to police. Three other people were in serious condition.

The driver was taken to Jamaica Hospital for an evaluation. Charges are pending, according to police.


Read more at the New York Daily News.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Deputy Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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