Six pedestrians were struck and 10 people were injured after a police SUV lost control in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon.
A total of 10 people were injured, including a mother and child in a car that they collided with and the two officers in the police SUV, police officials said.
“Officials said the oldest victim was 65, and the youngest pedestrian was five. A two-year-old with his mother were treated for minor injuries,” AM NY reported.
The incident was reported at Hoe and Westchester avenues around 3 p.m.
“The NYPD cruiser was responding to a call of a larceny. Traffic was backed up so they put their lights and sirens on and attempted to go around,” ABC 7 noted.
As the light turned green, an oncoming vehicle collided with the police cruiser.
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AM NY reported:
The operators of the 41st Precinct patrol car apparently lost control of it at the intersection of Westchester and Hoe Avenues at 3:10 p.m. on Oct. 6. Police officials confirmed that the officers were responding to a car theft in progress when they collided with a civilian vehicle who was making a turn, causing the marked SUV to mount the sidewalk at the northwest corner and strike the six pedestrians, including a small child, it was reported.
“The mother was just laid out and the baby with her was inside the building and they just rushed to the hospital and they had a girl too, and a man too who was on the other side – the cops hit them as they were chasing someone,” said Isaiahs Santiago, a building super on Westchester Avenue.
“It scares me a lot that this is happening, it could’ve been me crossing street with my kids, scary for any parent — and it looks like a coverup,” said Britney Innis who was walking by just after the crash with her two young children.
Most of the victims were rushed to Jacobi Medical Center and several went to Lincoln Hospital, but their conditions were not immediately known.
“Two police officers were also being treated but were said to be OK,” ABC 7 added.
“Of the eight others injured, six were taken to area hospitals and two declined treatment. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening but two were critical.”
According to officials, the thief was able to steal the vehicle because the police were unable to respond to the larceny in progress.
Fox 5 New York aired this video report: