Substance Abuse Counselor Charged In Fatal July 4th DUI Crash

A tragic accident on July 4th in New York City has resulted in the arrest of Daniel Christopher Hyden, a substance abuse counselor, for allegedly driving under the influence.

Hyden, who also authored a book on addiction recovery, is accused of driving a gray Ford F-150 onto a sidewalk, striking 10 people and killing three.

The incident occurred at Corlears Hook Park in the Lower East Side, where the vehicle reportedly jumped the curb, causing the fatalities and injuries. Hyden faces DUI charges and is expected to be charged with the deaths of the victims. Among those killed were Lucille Pinkney, 59, and her son Hernan Pinkney, 38. The third victim’s identity has not been released.

Hyden’s 2020 book, “The Sober Addict,” provides guidance on managing addiction, drawing from his experiences as a former addict. Despite his professional background, this tragic incident starkly contrasts with his advocacy against substance abuse.

Four of the injured remain in critical condition, while three others are in serious condition. FDNY Chief Michael Myers confirmed the critical status of an 11-year-old child and his mother among the injured.

Hyden was treated for head and face injuries at the hospital. His criminal record includes a dismissed 2015 DUI charge in Wisconsin and a recent assault charge for allegedly punching a teacher.

This incident follows another high-profile DUI case involving Arlene González-Sánchez, former New York Office of Addiction Services and Supports commissioner. González-Sánchez was arrested with a blood-alcohol content of .20 and charged with multiple offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident.

NYPD Officer Christopher Machalek detailed her arrest, noting that González-Sánchez attempted to flee the scene, exhibited signs of intoxication, and urinated on herself. These events highlight ongoing concerns about DUI incidents, even among those expected to uphold sobriety and public safety.