NYC, NY (The New York Post) – The 55-year-old woman pinned under the car of an unlicensed driver who drunkenly plowed into her and three other cyclists during a city bike tour Sunday is now in a coma, prosecutors said Monday.
The news of Nancy Pease’s devastating injuries came as Antonio Pina was arraigned on DWI and vehicular assault charges. He was held on $250,000 bond by Brooklyn Criminal Court Justice Joseph McCormack.
Pina stood dumbstruck and cuffed as prosecutors detailed how doctors had removed Pease’s spleen and said that she had suffered traumatic brain injury, a lacerated liver and other injuries. She remains comatose at Maimonides Medical Center, prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto said.
Pina slammed into a group of 25 to 30 bikers taking part in the 28th Annual NYC Century Bike Tour as they stopped at a red light around 9:15 a.m., cops and witnesses said.
A Coors Light beer can was recovered in his car, after Pina told cops, “No, I don’t have a license and yes, I was drinking,” Cotto told the court. “I last drank alcohol around 2 a.m., I had a few margaritas,” he allegedly added.
He then reached over into the glove box, telling officers it wasn’t his car, and handing over the registration and other paperwork.
Cotto said the driver, who works in construction, blew a .287 blood alcohol content in a Breathalyzer test administered at the scene.
Defense attorney Leah Martin said Monday that Pina had no criminal record.
He’s due to return to court Sept. 15.