Mercedes driver who injured nine people including a Black Panther actress ‘by ploughing through a crowd’ just after NYC’s New Year Eve’s ball drop to escape cops who ‘caught him bashing his girlfriend’ is charged
A Mercedes driver who injured nine people when he allegedly plowed through a crowd on New Year’s Eve has been charged.
Mohamed Alaouie, 44, was on the run from police who allegedly caught him beating his girlfriend while on a rampage through Midtown Manhattan.
Victims included a policeman who chased him and including Black Panther actress Carrie Bernans and her friend who were pinned under a food truck he crashed into near Madison Square Garden.
Alaouie faced New York Supreme Court on Monday, charged with first-degree assault, aggravated vehicular assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree drug possession and other crimes.
Mohamed Alaouie (44) (pictured) was on the run from police who allegedly caught him beating his girlfriend as he went on a rampage through Midtown Manhattan
His rampage began around 1:30 a.m. when he and his girlfriend were sitting in the car at the corner of West 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue after drinking at a nearby bar, court documents state.
A witness told police he hit his girlfriend in the black Mercedes and officers approached the vehicle and told him to put it in park mode.
Instead, he allegedly drove back onto the crowded footpath, hit one pedestrian and then drove in the wrong direction on Seventh Avenue.
Police chased after him as he turned onto 34th Street and crashed into cars in front and behind him to get away, then allegedly crashed into the food truck.
Three people were hit by the food truck when it overturned, pinning two of them underneath, including Black Panther actress Carrie Bernans, 29.
She was knocked over when the Halal car fell on top of her as she was walking along the footpath with a friend. She shared photos of her horrific injuries on Instagram.
Bernans had surgery for injuries including broken bones, fractures and chipped teeth, her family said.
One of the victims of the accident is the Marvel actress Carrie Bernans. She underwent surgery after suffering serious injuries, including broken bones, fractures and chipped teeth
She gritted her teeth and dislodged her jaw as her face was injured by the food truck that hit her
Bernans shared a video of her new teeth 26 days after the injury, joking that she didn’t expect to get new teeth before her AARP card
Bernans suffered serious injuries to her face before the rampage
Alaouie then drove along the footpath, crossed Eighth Avenue and finally came back onto the road where he hit more cars and injured three people.
He apparently also hit a police officer who was running after him.
Alaouie’s alleged trail of terror ended when his car broke down after crashing into another car and the police were able to catch up and arrest him
His girlfriend was injured when she jumped out of the car at one point during the alleged rampage.
Sixteen small paper bags of cocaine were allegedly found at the scene and two were found in his pants at the hospital the next day.
One of the victims suffered a concussion, and another is in constant pain from injuries to their elbow joint, prosecutors said.
Another suffered skin and tissue lacerations from metal on the food cart and needs physical therapy to walk without assistance.
“This defendant allegedly careened through crowded sidewalks and streets during the busiest time of year in Midtown,” said District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
‘His recklessness endangered the lives of countless New Yorkers and visitors ringing in the New Year.
“I hope the victims can fully recover from their injuries and thank the police officers who were on the scene to apprehend this individual.”
The wild rush included driving on the wrong side of the road near Madison Square Garden
Video shows the Mercedes backing up against a barrier, then driving into a Halal car and continuing onto the pavement
The actress starred in Black Panther (pictured) as well as Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War/End Game and The Color Purple
Bernans’ teeth chipped and knocked out of her jaw, which had to be replaced with dentures, and she lost weight during her recovery.
She shared a video of her new teeth 26 days after the injury and joked that she didn’t expect to get new teeth before her AARP card.
“Losing my teeth broke my heart… not only did my mouth hurt so bad I could barely eat, so unwanted weight loss,” she wrote on Instagram.
‘Nonetheless, I’m so excited to sink my teeth into a whole new world of food. Grateful for the unexpected joys in this journey. Embrace my new life!
‘To heal externally, but internally it’s a journey. Some days are good, others in pain, but slowly getting there. Grateful for the boost in confidence.
“My cheek bone steals healing from broken and my mouth swells at the bottom.”
Photos from the scene appear to show three cars involved in the wreck, two black cars and a yellow taxi.
Another video shows a man being carried away, who appears to be conscious.
Alaouie has 10 prior arrests for drug-related rapes and criminal possession of stolen property.
The horrific accident happened just a few blocks from where a million people saw the famous ball drop