Wrong-way driver arrested for causing pileup on Belt Parkway
A wrong-way driver who slammed into a packed van on the Belt Parkway Tuesday morning was arrested for allegedly causing the multiple car pileup that injured at least 11 people and snarled traffic on the busy roadway, officials said.
Police say Henry Brimsley, 30, was traveling in a black 2000 Honda Accord at a "very high rate of speed" at about 6:15 a.m. yesterday while driving east on the highway before he abruptly stopped, turned the car around and began driving into oncoming traffic.
Brimsley, of Coney Island, then slammed into a van carrying seven passengers, which then ricocheted into a sedan, police say.
EMS workers rushed the 11 people injured during the crash to Lutheran Medical Center and Coney Island Hospital, according to an FDNY spokeswoman. Five of them had "serious" injuries that were not deemed life-threatening, and six had minor injuries.
Officials said three of the injured people taken to Coney Island Hospital had been treated and released Tuesday afternoon. One person taken to Lutheran Medical Center had been released, two people were in stable condition, and two others were in serious condition. The conditions of the other people injured were not available.
Brimsley, who suffered a broken leg, was charged with reckless endangerment, speeding and driving with a suspended license.