One dead after hit-and-run driver strikes six people during knife fight outside Queens hookah bar
An irate hit-and-run driver mowed down six people, killing one, after a knife fight outside a Queens hookah bar Sunday morning, according to police and a witness.
Cops found at least one person dead after the violent fracas outside XS NYC at 129th St. and Liberty Ave. just before 5 a.m. in South Ozone Park.
Police believe two stabbing victims who showed up at a hospital after the fight were hurt in the melee.
A passing motorist spotted a woman trying to hold back a member of the brawling bunch while driving by. He pulled over to get a closer look moments before the motorist gunned it for the mass of people.
“He was going after someone. That’s why the girl was holding him back,” said witness Ozzie Rogers, adding that the man ultimately broke free.
“The girl is yelling ‘Stop, stop. No, no,’ when this car just comes from nowhere and hits the whole group,” Rogers said.
“The bodies went flying. The car was going really fast, at least 50 mph on the sidewalk.”
Another witness saw the driver slam into a parked car before careening toward the victims.
"You could hear the car hitting the bodies," the second witness said.
Two additional crash victims were rushed to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition, cops said. The extent of the injuries for the stabbed duo was not known.
Police, who are trying to determine how the stabbings are related to the plowed car, have taken one person into custody, but have not yet made an arrest. This person is not the driver of the car, who remains on the loose, police said.
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