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Car hits NYC pedestrians for 4th time in 2 days
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    NEW YORK — A car plowed into pedestrians on a New York City sidewalk for the fourth time in two days, hurting four people and raising the toll to nearly two dozen victims from the strange spate of wrecks.
    Saturday’s accident in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, which injured two toddlers, came a day after cars veered onto sidewalks at three locations in Manhattan, hitting a total of 18 people. Three were hospitalized in serious condition; 11 others were treated for less serious injuries.
    Witnesses to Saturday’s accident said the car crashed into two children at play on the sidewalk, where they lay bleeding after being hit.
    A 2-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition, and a girl of the same age was in stable condition, police said. Two young women, 16 and 19, were in stable condition.
    Authorities did not say whether the women and children were related.
    Police said that the 16-year-old driver ran from the scene, but that officers caught up with him and arrested him on charges including reckless endangerment, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
    The driver in one of Friday’s accidents was arrested after hitting 10 people in front of a music store in Manhattan’s Garment District. Six victims were hospitalized in stable condition, while the rest declined treatment.
    A small boy was swept under the vehicle but not hurt, said Eliete Alvarez, who hurt his neck when the SUV sent him into a truck, but he helped get the child to safety.
    ‘‘We lifted the car, got the boy out,’’ he said. ‘‘The boy was fine.’’
    The 23-year-old driver was arrested on charges of unlicensed driving and leaving the scene of an accident. The car’s owner was ticketed for letting him drive.
    Earlier Friday, a 60-year-old driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes while pulling out of a Chinatown parking spot, police said. His car hit seven people on the sidewalk and a bench; two were hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
    In yet another incident Friday, a livery cab jumped a curb and barreled into a 55-year-old woman in East Harlem. She was hospitalized in critical condition.

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