Accused drunk driver critically injures teen

November 16, 2010 2:06:10 PM PST
On City Island, a young woman was critically injured when police say she was struck by a drunk driver making a U-turn.

"I don't think she realized what was happening, everything was a big blur," 15-year-old witness Blake Cottam said.

It's clearly hard for Cottam to talk about what happened Saturday night, but he told Eyewitness News exclusively how the driver of the white pick up truck, Peter Wolfman, ran down his good friend Emily Sexton, him and her boyfriend.

The three teens were standing at the bus stop on City Island Avenue, and Blake was right next to Emily.

"He went to go make a U-turn, didn't complete the turn and went straight at us, he went faster and faster," Cottam said. "I thought he was going to joking with us, three kids, speed up and then slow down. I moved back just in case and then he didn't stop and I know it would be bad from there."

Even though the two boys were able to get out of the way, the pickup truck pinned Emily against a brick wall.

"He backed up, she fell, he got out of the car and collapsed," witness Nina Faicco said.

Police say that initially, Wolfman refused to take a breathalyzer test at the scene, but they later confirmed he was drunk, and his legs were injured in the crash.

Kevin Fanning says he heard what sounded like a gunshot. It was actually the truck slamming into the front door of his apartment building.

He rushed downstairs and saw Emily lying on the sidewalk.

"She wanted to know where everyone was at, where her father was, wanted some friends, but she was talking," he said.

Just moments before Wolfman hit Emily, witnesses say they saw him driving eastbound on the avenue.

"I saw a speeding pickup truck going maybe 50 or 60, it did a dramatic U-turn, which ended in total chaos," witness Tiernan Shanley said.

Emily is listed in critical condition at Jacobi Hospital.

Wolfman was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated and for Refusal to Take a Breath Test.

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