BY THE VILLAGE SUN | The alleged driver who seriously injured a man in Hudson Square while doing tire-burning donuts this past Friday night has been arrested.
Tyler Greer, 22, of Piscataway, New Jersey, was charged with assault, leaving the scene of an accident / serious injury, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
The Daily News had reported that Greer’s attorney said his client would turn himself in to police on Wednesday.
Greer was doing donuts as a crowd watched — and, of course, videoed — him at Greenwich and Vandam Streets, just east of the U.P.S. southern Manhattan depot. Amid the mayhem, a man tried to get an up-close video by dashing into the center of the donut, but stumbled, fell and was run over. He suffered a fractured skull, brain injury and severe body trauma.
The victim, a Washington Heights man, is conscious but in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital and reportedly now faces months of recovery time in the intensive care unit.
The wild event was reportedly organized on Instagram.
“They’re trying to imitate the Los Angeles car scene,” Greer’s lawyer told the News. “They call it a ‘takeover.’”
He said his client did not realize he had struck anyone, but that afterward people had urged him, “Get out of here,” causing him to drive off after the accident.