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New video shows the terrifying moment 10 people were injured — three of them seriously — after an NYPD cruiser plowed on a group of pedestrians at an intersection in the Bronx.
The victims were struck on Hoe Avenue and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Three were said to have been seriously injured.
All 10 injured – including two officers – were taken to Lincoln Hospital and Jacobi Memorial Center for treatment.
A child is said to be among the injured, and it is unclear whether the two officers who rushed for treatment were in the car that crashed.
Surveillance video of the crash site showed a packed sidewalk in the Bronx on a warm fall afternoon
The victims were beaten on Hoe Avenue and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon
All 10 injured – including two officers – were taken to Lincoln Hospital and Jacobi Memorial Center for treatment
An NYPD police cruiser was pictured in the Bronx on Thursday after hitting 10 people at an intersection, seriously injuring three people
The force of the impact totaled a traffic light, with a hiker also pictured mutilated beneath the wrecked cruiser
A bloodied sheet was also depicted at the scene, while the cruiser’s front fender was also visibly smeared with a dark red substance
A poignant image of the scene showed a shopping cart crumpled to the ground after it had been mutilated by the cruiser.
Jeffrey B. Maddrey, chief of patrol for the NYPD, told the media, “Obviously we don’t want anyone to get hurt, especially if the officers were trying to do the right thing.”
He continued, “They were trying to prevent an ongoing crime, they were trying to arrest someone who was ready to victimize a good person in the Bronx.”
Chief Maddrey added: “They tried to prevent that crime, but unfortunately that person was able to steal the vehicle because of the accident.”
He also said, “We didn’t even catch the person we were trying to catch. Once the accident happened, our officers had to get into life-saving mode and make sure all our civilians were okay.”
One victim is lying on her back after the crash
Witnesses rushed to help victims after impact
Jeffrey B. Maddrey, the NYPD chief of patrols, told the media, “Obviously we don’t want anyone to get hurt, especially when the officers were trying to do the right thing.
One of the police officers who came out of the cruiser after the attack
Bystanders shown trying to help crash victims
The crash occurred in front of an assisted living facility in the Bronx
Another of the cops on his way to a call about an ongoing car theft
When DailyMail.com asked for comment, an NYPD spokesperson simply said, “The investigation is ongoing”
The injuries of the officers are minor, the… New York Daily News reported. They were responding to a call of a car theft that was in progress when the accident occurred. The cruiser had its sirens blaring and lights flashing.
When asked for comment on DailyMail.com, an NYPD spokesperson simply said, “The investigation is ongoing.”
The two officers in the car were speeding to a call for a theft incident when it was cut off in traffic by a gray Acura sedan, and the driver swerved and hit pedestrians on Hoe Ave and Westchester Ave. NBC New York reported.
The curb adjoins an assisted living apartment.
The oldest injured person is 65 years old, while the youngest victim is five. There was a two-year-old child in the car that the officers cut off.
A witness, Nelson Quinones, 42, said: the New York Times that one of the victims was an elderly man known in the area for wearing red clothing. Quinones said he saw a young girl being hit by the cruiser.
He added: “It was really crazy how the police did that.”
Photos of 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 police car was speeding. It hit a lady with a baby on the corner. She was pressed against the wall under the camera.’
‘Then it is’ [the police vehicle] hit a lady with a walker and it took a man coming out of the building. There was another lady on the sidewalk, hit too,” he added.
Robinson also said, “The lady with the baby was down and they were doing chest compressions. The old man tried to get up, but he was covered in blood.’
The paper further reported that during the aftermath of the crash, a witness can be heard saying, ‘Yo, what are you doing? Who’s driving? Who the hell is driving? Don’t move her! Don’t move her!’
Locals watch as police investigate aftermath of horror crash
The officers in the car were driving at high speed to a call for a theft incident when it was cut off in traffic, and the driver swerved and hit pedestrians on Hoe Ave and Westchester Ave
At least 10 people, including a child, were seriously injured after an NYPD police car crashed at an intersection in the Bronx this afternoon.