Driver runs off after slamming into church van in Queens, injuring 6 passengers

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JAMAICA, Queens — Police are looking for the driver of a 2016 Ford sedan that broadsided a church van Friday night, carrying six people, including two small children.

The hit-and-run at the intersection of Shore Avenue and Princeton Street happened just before 11 p.m., following a service at the HopeNYC church. One of its vans was taking young congregants home. Inside were Youth Pastors Daniel Evans and his pregnant wife Shene, the sister of one of them and her two children, a 9-month-old and 3-year-old.

The red 2000 Dodge van was traveling south on Princeton Street and was about to drop off a 15-year-old passenger when it was struck by the Ford sedan that was speeding east on Shore Avenue and blew a clearly marked stop sign, according to police. The church van flipped onto its side.

Andrew Joseph and his friends saw and heard the powerful collision that was caught on a neighbor’s surveillance camera.

“When we ran up, that’s when we heard screaming,” Joseph said, who helped get the passengers out. “We all kicked the glass.”

Church members were alerted to the accident, and raced over to the scene where the victims were being taken to Jamaica Medical Center, with miraculously, only minor injuries.

“Everybody is home resting now,” church member Ruth Archibald said. “No broken bones, no major injuries. (They’re) just tired.”

“We wish people would own up to their responsibilities,” said church member Jodi Brown, referring to the driver. “All we can say is God’s hand of protection was upon them, and we have to be thankful for that’s, and that everybody is okay.”