New video shows the terrifying moment when 10 people were injured – three of them seriously – after a NYPD cruiser plowed into a group of pedestrians at a Bronx intersection.
The victims were struck at Hoe Avenue and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx around 3pm Thursday afternoon. Three are reported to have suffered serious injuries.
All 10 who were hurt – including two cops – have been taken to Lincoln Hospital and Jacobi Memorial Center for treatment.
A child is said to be among the injured, and it’s unclear if the two cops rushed for treatment were in the car that crashed.
Surveillance video from the scene prior to the crash showed a packed sidewalk in the Bronx on a warm Fall afternoon
The victims were struck at Hoe Avenue and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx around 3pm Thursday afternoon
All 10 who were hurt – including two cops – have been taken to Lincoln Hospital and Jacobi Memorial Center for treatment
An NYPD police cruiser is pictured in the Bronx on Thursday after it struck 10 people at an intersection, leaving three people seriously-injured
The force of the impact totaled a traffic light, with a walker also pictured mangled under the wrecked cruiser
A bloody sheet was also pictured at the scene, while the cruiser’s front fender was also visibly smeared with a dark red substance
A harrowing image from the scene showed a shopping cart crumpled on the ground after being mangled by the cruiser.
Speaking to the media, Jeffrey B. Maddrey, the NYPD’s chief of patrol, said: ‘Of course we don’t want to see anybody injured, especially when the officers were trying to do the right thing.’
He went on: ‘They were trying to prevent a crime in progress, they were trying to apprehend someone who was ready to victimize a good person in the Bronx.’
Chief Maddrey added: ‘They were trying to prevent that crime, but unfortunately the accident allowed that person to steal the vehicle.’
He also said: ‘We didn’t even catch the person we were trying to get. Once the accident occurred, our officers had to get into life-saving mode and make sure that all our civilians are OK.’
One victim shown laid out on her back after the crash
Witnesses rushed to help the victims after the impact
Speaking to the media, Jeffrey B. Maddrey, the NYPD’s chief of patrol, said: ‘Of course we don’t want to see anybody injured, especially when the officers were trying to do the right thing
One of the police officers who emerged from the cruiser after the attack
Bystanders shown attempting to help the victims of the crash
The crash occurred in front of an assisted living facility in the Bronx
Another of the officers who was en route to a call about a car theft in progress
When reached for comment by DailyMail.com, an NYPD spokesperson simply said: ‘The investigation remains ongoing’
The officers’ injuries are minor, the New York Daily News reported. They were responding to a call of a car theft in progress when the crash occurred. The cruiser had its sirens blaring and lights flashing.
When reached for comment by DailyMail.com, an NYPD spokesperson simply said: ‘The investigation remains ongoing.’
The two cops in the car were speeding to a call out for a larceny incident when it was cut off in traffic by a gray Acura sedan, and the driver swerved, hitting pedestrians on Hoe Ave and Westchester Ave, NBC New York reported.
The curb is close to an assisted living facility.
The oldest person injured is 65 years old while the youngest victim is five. There was a two year old child who was in the car that cut off the officers.
A witness, Nelson Quinones, 42, told the New York Times that one of the victims was an elderly man who is known in the neighborhood for wearing red clothes. Quinones said that he saw a young girl get struck by the cruiser.
He added: ‘It was real crazy how the cops did that.’
Photos from the scene showed the mangled front of the NYPD vehicle after it was impaled on a pole.
Another witness, Chuck Robinson, told the Daily News: ‘The cop car was speeding. It hit a lady with a baby on the corner. She was pinned against the wall under the camera.’
‘Then it [the police vehicle] hit a lady with a walker and it took down a guy coming out of the building. There was another lady walking on the sidewalk also hit,’ he added.
Robinson also said: ‘The lady with the baby was down and they were doing chest compressions. The old guy was trying to get up, but he was covered in blood.’
The newspaper went on to report that during the aftermath of the crash a witness can be heard saying: ‘Yo, what are you doing? Who’s driving? Who the f–k is driving? Don’t move her! Don’t move her!’
Locals watch as cops investigate the aftermath of the horror crash
The officers in the car were speeding to a call out for a larceny incident when it was cut off in traffic, and the driver swerved, hitting pedestrians on Hoe Ave and Westchester Ave
At least 10 people, including a child, are seriously injured after an NYPD patrol car crashed through an intersection in the Bronx this afternoon