Manhunt on for driver who drove into crowd, killing one and injuring five

NEW YORK (WASHINGTON POST) - New York police are looking for a driver who fled after striking several people, killing one and seriously injuring another, on Sunday (Dec 3) morning.

The driver ploughed his car into at least six people at about 4.30am (5.30pm Singapore time) in the Richmond Hill neighbourhood in Queens, according to the New York Police Department. Apart from the one person killed immediately and the one in critical condition at a hospital, the other four are in stable condition.

The crash occurred just as officers were responding to a fight outside a nearby hookah bar, police said.

Witnesses told CBS New York that a group of people were leaving the bar when they saw one man beating up another on the sidewalk. As several people were trying to stop the fight, a car came rushing down the sidewalk, ploughed into the group and kept going.

Queens resident Milagros Urbina told CBS New York that she heard some screaming before she saw the car barrelling down the sidewalk.

"I just saw a couple of kids, just fighting," she said. "Suddenly, I just see the white car driving through the sidewalk. They were all screaming, it was crazy."

Police said two other people were stabbed during the fight and are at the hospital.

It is unclear whether the fight and the hit-and-run were related. Police said that they have no information about what prompted the scuffle but that investigations of the two incidents are ongoing.

Police have not released any information about the victims or the driver, though an NYPD spokesman told Reuters that the car was a white Hyundai Sonata.