Driver facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, after New Year's crash in Midtown

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024
Driver facing 3 counts of attempted murder for Midtown crash
Police say the 44-year-old man injured six people, including a Marvel actress, in a wild crash in Midtown on New Year's.

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A 44-year-old man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, after a wild crash in Midtown injured six people.

Police say Mohamed Alaouie got into an altercation with his girlfriend inside of his car on West 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue on New Year's Day.

Civilians spotted the dispute and flagged down police on a foot post. When bystanders tried to intervene, police say Alaouie drove off, going the wrong way down the street.

He then allegedly struck two police officers and three pedestrians before he hit a halal cart.

Among those injured includes 39-year-old Carrie Bernans, who ended up being pinned under the cart. Bernans is an actress and stuntwoman and has appeared in "Black Panther," "Avengers: Endgame," and "The Color Purple."

She is being treated at Bellevue Hospital for several broken bones and chipped teeth, according to pictures and a message she posted on social media.

"I want to say thank you. I'm in so much pain and I still can't really walk right now. I'm just hurting," Bernans said. "But I know God is good and God heals and its just a matter of time. Thankfully my surgery went well."

Alaouie also hit several vehicles before being taken into custody on West 34th Street.

All of the victims suffered minor injuries. Among the slew of other charges Alaouie is facing includes reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated.

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Kemberly Richardson has details.


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