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Road rage incident sends Uber driver barreling into restaurant, injuring 15

Toyota Rav 4 mounted sidewalk after being struck by a hit and run and run driver and ramming into a restaurant injuring 18 at Broadway and West 104th Street in Manhattan on Jan. 2, 2023.

Kerry Burke, Elizabeth Keogh

New York Daily News

An argument in a Manhattan gas station sparked a chain-reaction crash that sent a car careening into the front window of a restaurant where over a dozen diners were injured Monday night, police sources said.

The chaos began at a Citgo gas station on W. 204th St. and Broadway in Inwood, where the occupants of a white Mercedes and a white Audi were beefing around 9 p.m., sources said.

In video viewed by the Daily News, the Mercedes pulled into the parking lot and a passenger got out to confront the occupants of the Audi.

The driver of the Audi then stepped on the gas and peeled out of the parking lot.

As the driver tried to get away, the Audi hit an Uber driver in a Toyota Rav4 with a woman in the backseat.

“He came very fast and he hit me on the side,” the Uber driver, Sory Toure, told the Daily News. “I lost control. I had the light and he came from the gas station. When he hit me, I went up on the sidewalk.”

Toure’s out-of-control car barreled into the front windows of the busy Inwood Bar and Grill.

About 15 people dining inside were injured due to broken glass and debris, police said.

“He hit me and ran away,” Toure said. “I thought my life was over.”

Two children, ages 7 and 10, were among the injured. The 10-year-old suffered a broken leg, cops said.

All of the victims were taken to local hospitals, where they are expected to recover.

Both the driver of the Mercedes and the Audi took off, Toure told The News.

Police were still investigating the crash late Monday night.

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