Sofia Vickerman, a participant of the protest from Denver, Colorado, said that when the car hit the crowd, it tossed people and a bicycle in the air: "I hear people screaming in the front, I look behind me, the woman is plowing through," she said. “I see bodies flying."
The march, which began in Times Square and aimed at drawing attention to a hunger strike by immigrant detainees at a jail in New Jersey, was abruptly disrupted by the female driver, who is now in polic custody and questioned police. However, it is not clear if charges will be pressed against her.
Although the vehicle slowly approached the crowd from the intersection with 3rd Avenue, with several protestors leaning over the front of the car as it stopped, its sudden acceleration knocked aside both the people who were blocking it and those who were in the intersection.