The driver of the car that slammed into the exterior of Grand Central, a gay bar in the Mount Vernon district on Sept. 16, has been released on $15,000 bail. According to Erin C. Henson, acting spokesperson for the MTA who has jurisdiction over the case, Donnell Tyrone Ray, 18, was charged with multiple drug and traffic offenses following his arrest the night of the incident.
Ray was driving a white sedan, which was not stolen, according to Henson, in the wrong direction on one-way Park Avenue without the headlights illuminated. MTA officers attempted to pull him over but as the officers pursued him, Ray allegedly ran through a red light and eventually crashed into a pick-up truck containing drums of white paint before careening into Grand Central’s pub entrance at Eager and Charles streets and the outdoor patio. Ray was arrested after attempting to flee on foot.
Clean up of the white paint, which splattered on the sidewalk and the building’s walls, as well as the repair of other damage is still being undertaken.