Hit-and-run driver sought after Upper West Side crash leaves woman critically injured

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UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — A hit-and-run driver accused of causing a chain-reaction crash in the Upper West Side that left a woman critically injured and three others hospitalized was being sought by investigators on Tuesday.

The NYPD is searching for the vehicle pictured after police say it was involved in a hit-and-run crash in the Upper West Side on May 9, 2016. (Credit: NYPD)

The NYPD is searching for the vehicle pictured after police say it was involved in a hit-and-run crash in the Upper West Side on May 9, 2016. (Credit: NYPD)

A black Honda Accord was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Broadway when it slammed into a 2014 Nissan taxi at West 62nd Street around 4:38 p.m. Monday, the NYPD said.

The impact prompted the taxi to accelerate onto the sidewalk and crash into a mobile food cart, police said.

The food cart then fell, striking four pedestrians.

Four people were hospitalized because of the incident, and an additional two were said to have been injured.

A 39-year-old woman who suffered a severe laceration to her left arm was listed in critical condition, the NYPD said.

Witnesses told PIX11 she appeared to nearly lose the arm.

A taxi crashed into a food cart in the Upper West Side on May 9, 2016, leading to multiple injuries. (Credit: PIX11)

A taxi crashed into a food cart in the Upper West Side on May 9, 2016, leading to multiple injuries. (Credit: PIX11)

The three other hospitalized people included a 23-year-old man who suffered a broken nose and lacerations to his right arm, a 50-year-old man who sustained a broken arm, and a 42-year-old man who had bruises on his right arm.

Video of the chaotic scene showed dozens of people looking on as emergency responders aided the victims, including a man who appeared disoriented and with multiple cuts on his face as he sat on a stretcher.

The taxi driver remained at the scene after the crash and passed a breathalyzer test.

The driver of the Honda fled.

The car was described as a black 1999 Honda Accord with the Pennsylvania license plate No. KCN0713. It is believed to have left northbound on Broadway.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).