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3 dead, 8 injured as addiction counselor is accused of mowing down July 4 crowd while drunk: report

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3 dead, 8 injured as addiction counselor is accused of mowing down July 4 crowd while drunk: report

A suspected drunk driver, who police say crashed his truck into a crowd of people during a Fourth of July celebration in New York City on Thursday – killing three and injuring eight, is a wellness advocate and a substance abuse counselor, sources say.

Daniel Hyden, 44, of New Jersey, was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck at a high rate of speed when he ran a stop sign at an intersection, mounted a sidewalk and smashed into a group who were enjoying the evening at Corlears Hook Park in the Lower East Side at around 9 p.m., police said. 

Three people have now been confirmed dead – Lucille Pinkney, 59, and her son, Hernan Pinkney, 38, as well as an unidentified female – after the holiday celebrations turned deadly in horrific circumstances.

AT LEAST 2 KILLED, MULTIPLE INJURED IN NYC AFTER PICKUP TRUCK CRASHES INTO CROWD

A previous booking photo of Daniel Christopher Hyden, who police say drove his truck into a park on July 4, 2024, killing three people. (NYPD)

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Eight other victims were injured, including an 11-year-old child.

“Responding officers who did arrive on the scene did smell some alcohol,” said NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said at a late-night police briefing. “There were people who were there at the scene who grabbed the driver, removed the driver and made sure the driver didn’t leave.”

So far, Hyden has been charged with three counts of driving while intoxicated with alcohol or drugs, and one count of operating a vehicle without a license. He is expected to be hit with several more charges.

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Firefighters and police respond after multiple people were struck by a pickup truck inside Corlears Hook Park in Manhattan, New York City on Thursday, July 4 2024. (Gardiner Anderson for NY Daily News/Getty)

He was perp walked out of the 7th Police Precinct at 1:50 p.m. Friday where he was heckled by New Yorkers – and relatives of the victims – who shouted expletives at him.

Heyden was wearing a white t-shirt splattered in blood and had noticeable swelling and marks on the left side of his face. He kept his head down at all times and limped in handcuffs to a nearby patrol vehicle while being held by two detectives. 

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“You killed Hernan Pinkney, you f—ing b—–d… you don’t deserve air,” one woman screamed. Another man, who said he was Hernan Pinkney’s step-father, also roared at Heyden.

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Hyden perp walk after truck crash incident

Heyden was perp walked out of the 7th Police Precinct at 1:50 p.m. Friday where he was heckled by New Yorkers – and relatives of the victims – who shouted expletives at him. (Fox)

Hyden reportedly wrote a book in 2020 titled “The Sober Addict,” which claims to be a guide on “how to be functional with the dysfunctional disease of addiction.”

“This guide will help you learn how to function with this dysfunctional and chronic illness,” the book’s bio on Amazon reads. 

In the book, Hyden describes himself as an “ex-professional addict…with over 18 years of use and abuse experience” and claims “addicts don’t choose addiction — addiction chooses them,” the New York Post reports.

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Hyden’s Amazon author bio lists him as a substance abuse counselor, instructor and public speaker. The New York Post was first to report that the suspect in the case had penned the book.

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The truck Daniel Hyden is alleged to have been driving is pictured on July 4, 2024 after crashing into a Manhattan park and killing three people in New York City. (Gardiner Anderson for NY Daily News/Getty)

He has a prior arrest fpr assualt in February was charged with a traffic offense and driving under the influence in Wisconsin in 2015, the publication reports, citing court records show. He pleaded guilty to the former charge and the latter was dismissed.

Responding firefighters on Thursday found the four victims – including the three deceased – underneath the truck when they arrived on the scene.

“They used their airbags, floor jacks and cribbing in order to lift the vehicle off of the victims,” FDNY Assistant Chief Michael Meyers said at the press conference.

Video from the scene shows the front of the truck smashed, and it is surrounded by several park benches and debris like empty cups strewn across the floor. 

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Lucille Pinkney and her son Hernan Pinkney who died when a truck hit them

Lucille Pinkney, left, and her son Hernan Pinkney, who died when the truck hit them. (Obtained by Robert Moses via Fox 5)

New York City Mayor Eric Adams also briefed the media and said that the victims were simply out celebrating when the deadly incident unfolded. 

“We had a tragic incident which took place here,” Adams said. “A driver drove into a crowd of people who were actually just celebrating like so many New Yorkers and Americans are doing right now.”

He said the incident was not terror-related.

Fox News’ Alexis McAdams and CB Cotton contributed to this report. 

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Press Briefing Eric Adams truck crash

FDNY Assistant Chief Michael Meyers speaking at the press conference. (Benny Polatseck/Mayoral Photography Office)

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Boston Celtics (2-2) vs Philadelphia 76ers (3-1) Las Vegas Summer League Game #5 7/21/24

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Boston Celtics (2-2) vs Philadelphia 76ers (3-1)   Las Vegas Summer League Game #5   7/21/24


The Celtics will face their division foe in their 5th game at the Las Vegas Summer League. The 76ers played in the Salt Lake City Summer League, coming away with a 1-2 record there. They have a 3-1 record so far in Las Vegas. These two teams last met in Summer League in 2021 when the Celtics won 100-80. In that year, Romeo Langford played for the Celtics and Jaden Springer played for the 76ers.

As always in Summer League, it’s very hard to predict who will start as coaches try to mix and match players and to experiment with different lineups. After being the Celtics best player against the Heat, Jaden Springer sat out next 3 games. After being the Celtics best player against the Lakers, Neemias Queta did not dress for the next 2 games. In their last game, Davison, Peterson, Queta, Ramsey and Springer all sat out.

The Celtics have fielded similar starting lineups in their first 3 games with Davison, Scheierman, and Walsh starting all 3 games. Springer started against the heat and Peterson started against the Lakers. Queta started the first two games. In their 4th game, they started Scheierman, Walsh, and Watson along with House and Tillie. The 76ers have used the same starting line up of Dowtin, McCain, Council, Edwards and Bona in all 4 of their games so far.

D.J. MacLeay is coaching the Celtics Summer League team. The Celtics hired MacLeay in 2021 as a player enhancement coach on Ime Udoka’s staff. In July 2022 he was promoted to assistant coach. He stayed with the Celtics as an assistant after Udoka left. Assistant coach Matt Brase is coaching the 76ers. He has been an assistant with Philadelphia since 2023 but has been an assistant with for various G League teams since 2008. He was the coach of the 2013 GLeague champions. He is also the head coach of Haiti’s National team.

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Boston Celtics Roster
Tyler Cook
JD Davison
Tristan Enaruna
Ron Harper, Jr
Jaelen House
Drew Peterson
Neemias Queta
Jahmi’us Ramsey
Baylor Scheierman
Jaden Springer
Killian Tillie
Jordan Walsh
Anton Watson

Head Coach
D.J. MacLeay

Starters Last Game
Jaelen House
Baylor Scheierman
Jordan Walsh
Anton Watson
Killian Tillie

Players to Watch

Anton Watson
Once again, we should keep an eye on Anton Watson. Watson was the 54th pick in the draft and should at least get a 2 way contract but has played well enough for the Celtics to sign him to the 15th roster spot. He rarely makes mistakes and is usually in the right place at the right time, especially on defense. He is a good rebounder, plays good defense and hustles. Against the Mavericks he finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks while shooting 45.5% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.

Baylor Scheierman
Scheierman was the Celtics 30th pick in this year’s draft. He is known as a shooter but his performance in the first 3 games proves that he is a versatile player with great court vision. He struggled with his shot in a couple of games, but picked up his defense and played hard in other areas. One of the highlights of the game game against LA was when he dove into the 2nd row to save a ball from going out of bounds. That kind of hustle should earn him playing time. He finished the game against Dallas with 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists while shooting 62.5% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.

Jaelen House
Jaelen is the son of Celtics champion and commentator Eddie House. Jaelen House went undrafted in this year’s draft, despite a strong senior season at New Mexico. His quickness and his ability to create shots make him fun to watch. in his first start for the Summer Celtics, he finished with 18 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists while shooting 36.8% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc.

Philadelphia 76ers Roster
Jeff Dowtin
Ricky Council IV
David Jones
Justin Edwards
Jared McCain
RJ Hampton
Keve Aluma
Darius Days
Adem Bona
Tony Bradley
Romeo Langford
Justin Powell
Max Fiedler
Judah Mintz
Jordan Tucker
Jaylen Sims

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Head Coach
Matt Brase

Starters Last Game
Jeff Dowtin
Jared McCain
Ricky Council IV
Justin Edwards
Adem Bona

Players to Watch

Ricky Council IV
Council went undrafted in 2023 but was signed by the 76ers to a 2 way contract and played with their GLeague team last season. In April, he was signed to a regular contract. His his last game, he finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals while shooting 50% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc.

Jeff Dowtin
Jeff Dowtin went undrafted in 2020 and since then has played for Orlando, Golden State, Milwaukee, Toronto and Philadelphia on their GLeague teams. In his last game for the 76ers in Summer League, he finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists while shooting 37.5% from the field and 16.7% from beyond the arc.

David Jones
Jones went undrafted out of Memphis and the 76ers have signed him to a 2 way contract. With Memphis, he shot 38% from deep on 6.5 attempts per night. In the 76ers last game, he came off the bench to finish with 15 poionts, 6 rebounds and 1 steal while shooting 50% from the field and 60% from beyond the arc.

Keys to the Game
Defense – Just as defense is the key to every game in the regular season and in the playoffs, it is also the key to winning in the Summer League. In their first game in Las Vegas, the Celtics allowed the Heat to shoot 61.5% from the field and 60% from beyond the arc. Against the Lakers, they clamped down on defense and held the Lakers to 36.4% from the field and 30.8% from beyond the arc. They held the undefeated Hornets to 43% from the field and 28% on threes. They allowed the Mavericks to shoot 50.7% from the field and 40.7% from beyond the arc. The pattern is clear, play defense and win, slack off on defense and lose.

Rebound – Along with defense, rebounding is always a key to winning. The Celtics out-rebounded the Heat 35-29 in their first game. The Celtics out-rebounded the Lakers 38-35. They were out-rebounded 37-39 against the Hornets and out-rebounded the Mavericks 39-36. The Celtics need to continue to crash the boards in this game if they want to get a win.

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Improvement – In Summer League, improvement and evaluation are more important than winning. Both coaches are looking for improvement from returning players and they are evaluating all of the players on the roster for possible spots on the roster or 2 way contracts. The Celtics saw improvement in several players in their first 3 games and hopefully will see even more improvement in this game. Jordan Walsh has struggled with his shot in Summer League so far and it would be good to see him have a good game in this one.

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Chemistry and Experience
The 76ers have played 3 more games than the Celtics as they played in Salt Lake City. The 76ers have 1 player with 6 years experience, 2 players with 4 years experience (including former Celtic, Romeo Langford), 2 players with 1 year experience and 11 rookies. The Celtics have 1 player with 3 years experience, 4 players with 2 years experience, 1 player with 1 year experience and 7 rookies.



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2-Alarm Pittsburg House Fire Sends Two People to Hospital

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An overnight 2-alarm house fire in the City of Pittsburg sent a 5-year-old and her father to the hospital.

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a home on Apricot Court off Wedgewood at approximately 1:00 am Sunday morning.

According to Battalion Chief Scott Valencia, fire crews arrived on scene to a report of fire shooting out of the roof on the backside of the home and in the backyard. Sheds behind the house were also on fire.

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Valencia said with an aggressive fire attack, crews kept the fire to the origin of the first home. Two people were transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

One of the challenges with the fire was the overnight winds along with fire crews just finishing battling a 20-acre vegetation fire in Bay Point. On that fire, crews were rushing against the wind as the fire was being pushed towards houses. Crews were able to prevent the fire from reaching the homes.

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“The month of June did not disappoint. The month of June is typically our busiest month of the year for overall activity because of the winds and dry grass,” explained Broschard. “We get multiple vegetation fires over the month.”

The chief explained what happens in the City of Antioch and City of Pittsburg in the summer months with the west winds is the dry vegetation is next to houses, in subdivisions, and housing tracts, especially in the month of June, not all the abatement is done so there is a higher risk of fire moving into structures.

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He also called it “higher than normal” for June to have 13 structure fires.

Twelve significant vegetation fires occurred across the county. The two most significant events occurred at the old golf course in Pittsburg, where an old maintenance building that caught fire extended into the vegetation. Structure protection was required for homes adjacent to the golf course property. A second fast-moving vegetation fire occurred in Antioch, which also required structure protection of homes adjacent to the incident. A total of 250 acres burned. In both instances, no homes were damaged or lost due to the actions of suppression personnel and aviation assets provided by CAL FIRE.

Thirteen working structure fires occurred during the month of June, the most significant being a fire in an apartment building in Pittsburg. Fire crews pulled two victims out of the apartment. Both were not breathing at the time of the rescue, but they regained spontaneous respirations after treatment. The adult victim was recently listed in stable condition, but the hospital would not release the status of the juvenile victim.



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Nantucket Triathlon participant dies after pulled from water

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A Nantucket Triathlon participant died on Saturday morning after they were pulled unresponsive from the water at Jetties Beach, according to the Nantucket Fire Department.

The person was visiting from Connecticut. Their name, gender, and age had not been released as of Sunday.

The event requires a 600-yard swim, a 13.5-mile bike ride and a run of 3.4 miles.

Firefighters responded to the beach when lifeguards called for help at 7:01 a.m. The swimmer was brought to shore by lifeguards at 7:05 a.m. and advanced lifesaving interventions began two minutes later, according to the fire department.

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The patient was stabilized and taken by a lifeguard ATV to an ambulance waiting in the parking lot, which then brought the person to Nantucket Cottage Hospital for further medical treatment.

The person was pronounced dead at 8:05 a.m.

“The Nantucket Fire Department is profoundly grateful for the lifeguards’ quick actions and heroic efforts. Their prompt response and coordinated efforts allowed the patient to be treated and transported to the hospital efficiently,” reads the release from the fire department.

Zane Razzaq writes about housing and real estate. Reach her at zrazzaq@capecodonline.com. Follow her on Twitter @zanerazz.

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