A grandmother was killed and an 8-year-old boy among four others injured when they were hit Saturday night by a vehicle fleeing police, New York City officials said.
New York Police Department officers had attempted to stop the vehicle around 7:10 p.m. because it had mismatched license plates, Assistant Chief Judith Harrison said at a news conference Saturday. The officers also suspected that two of the vehicle’s occupants were smoking marijuana, Harrison said.
The driver of the vehicle stopped at Ralph Avenue and Chauncey Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, but when officers approached the vehicle on foot, it fled north “at an extremely high speed,” Harrison said.
A few blocks away, the vehicle struck two pedestrians and a person on a bicycle, Harrison said, before hitting another pedestrian and vehicle at the next intersection. Two passengers fled the suspect vehicle on foot and left the scene of the accident.
One person was killed, one is in critical condition and three people are being treated at local hospitals but are expected to make a full recovery, Harrison said.
Mayor Eric Adams described the deceased victim as “an elderly grandmother” and Harrison later confirmed that one of the injured is an 8-year-old who is “now fighting for his life.”
‘Tonight we lost a grandmother. We lost one of my neighbors. … We have a child who will hang on for life,” Adams said at the press conference.
One person was in custody in connection with the incident, Harrison said, but it was unclear whether that person was a passenger or the driver. No report had been filed as of Saturday evening.