On Sunday, in the Ft. Greene area of Brooklyn, one woman was killed and four other people were injured when an SUV ran up on the sidewalk outside a pizza restaurant and plowed into a crowd of pedestrians.
The New York Daily News identified the slain woman as Victoria Nicodemus, 30, an art curator.
Witnesses described a grisly scene in which Nicodemus’ body was flung to the pavement, bleeding heavily. Bystanders attempted to perform chest compressions to save her life, but it was too late. The other victims — including Nicodemus’ boyfriend — were hospitalized, but police said their injuries were not life-threatening.
“This place was a madhouse,” said Byron Logan, 72, to the Daily News. “I’ve never seen so many people screaming.”
One woman, however, appeared unperturbed by the scene of carnage unfolding feet away as she calmly turned around, took in the scene, took a bite of her slice of pizza and walked away, even as bystanders rushed to aid Nicodemus and the others.
DNA Info New York published security video on Monday.
Often in emergencies, bystanders fall victim to the so-called normalcy bias, a mental state in which people deny the severity or existence of oncoming danger or disaster. When confronted with danger, some people enter a state of “frozen calm” in which they feel they are viewing the events around them from a great distance and that what is happening is of very little significance or import.
So, while the woman’s reaction may seem callous, it is important to bear in mind just how poorly the human mind reacts to unexpected stressful situations.
The SUV driver — 39-year-old Marlon Sewell — was arrested at the scene and charged with driving without a license or insurance.
Watch the video, embedded below:
GOP lawmaker ducks question after Yovanovitch asks why it was necessary to smear her reputation
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) on Friday got more than he bargained for while questioning former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Toward the end of his questioning, Wenstrup argued that President Donald Trump has the power to hire and dismiss ambassadors as he sees fit in order to enact his preferred foreign policy.
"The president has the right to make their own foreign policy and to make his own decisions, and with that I yield back," he said.
Yovanovitch, however, was unwilling to let it end there and she asked to supplement her testimony.
"While I obviously don't dispute that the president has the right to withdraw an ambassador at any time for any reason, but what I do wonder is why it was necessary to smear my reputation?" she asked Wenstrup.
‘Everyone he touches gets tainted’: CNN panel astonished by number of criminally convicted Trump allies
A CNN panel on Friday stood in awe at the number of President Donald Trump's allies who have been convicted of crimes ever since his election in 2016.
During a panel discussion about Trump ally Roger Stone's conviction on seven criminal counts that included witness intimidation, perjury, and obstruction of justice, CNN host Anderson Cooper said it was astonishing how many of the people who helped the president get elected have wound up in jail.
"In your own life, how many people are you close to in your orbit who have been convicted of crimes?" Cooper asked and then listed off former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, and former personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Marie Yovanovitch made a ‘mockery’ of Trump’s dismissal of the ‘deep state’ with her testimony: CNN’s David Gregory
CNN contributor David Gregory used his time during a panel segment on the impeachment testimony of Marie Yovanovitch to hammer President Donald Trump for attacking the diplomat on Twitter as she spoke -- then said she had made a "mockery" of his [Trump's] dismissal of the "deep state."
According to Gregory, viewers might think he was naive to believe the president would not get personal and go after Yovanovitch, but that he was honestly stunned.