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Driver Charged With DWI In Wild East Village Wreck

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A Queens man was arrested Wednesday morning after his car slammed into an East Village store, injuring six people.

Investigators say a white Nissan Altima came racing down Second Avenue around 6:30 a.m. and jumped the curb just before East 4th Street.

The vehicle then crashed into the flower display of a bodega on the corner, where police say it hit three employees.

One of them is in critical condition.

A Citi Bike rider was also hit when the car sent a fire hydrant flying into the air, but he is expected to be OK.

Witnesses tell NY1 the car plowed through everything on the sidewalk, including a parking meter and tree, before spinning to a stop in the crosswalk.

"It's pretty horrific when you're sitting on the corner and you see this big tornado of debris coming across and you're like what in the hell is that?" said one witness.

"To knock down that tree you gotta be fast, and the telephone pole, and the fire hydrant, it's gotta be some speed," added another witness.

Police charged the driver, Sean Martin, with DWI for refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

Officials say he also had hashish in the car.

Neighbors in the area tell NY1 they were particularly concerned for the three workers injured at the corner store which they describe as being a neighborhood institution.

"The whole neighborhood is out here wanting to know how people are," said one East Village resident.

"I know the guy too, the flower guy who has been working there for about 20 years, so I hope he's alright," noted a second East Village resident.

"I see the guy everyday, he took him out, one minute you think you're safe, you're at work," said a third East Village resident.

Police say Martin also has a prior arrest record for DWI and cocaine possession.

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