At least 10 people were injured after a police car collided with another vehicle before mounting the sidewalk and hitting six pedestrians in the Bronx Thursday afternoon, police and fire officials said.
Ten people, including two NYPD officers, were transported to nearby hospitals in stable condition, the NYPD said. Police said none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening at this time.
Among the six pedestrians hurt was a 65-year-old and a 5-year-old, NYPD Chief of Patrol Jeffrey Maddrey said at a press conference Thursday evening. A 2-year-old in the other vehicle was also hurt, according to police.
The NYPD car was responding to a report of a stolen car when they collided with another vehicle as they attempted to pass it at the intersection of Hoe Avenue and Westchester Avenue, Maddrey said. No arrests were made in connection to the stolen car, he added.
The crash occurred around 3 p.m., according to the NYPD.
"It was a scary sight because a lot of people that were injured and the cops started coming everywhere," said one witness, Alicia Suarez. "I was just confused. I’m like 'bro, this is my neighborhood.'"
Surveillance video obtained by NY1 showed both of the vehicles traveling north on Westchester Avenue when the police vehicle veered left over the double yellow lines as the other car started to make a left.
One witness, Luis Guzman, described the scene as "very bad" and said he saw an old man crumpled on the ground.
Another person, who declined to be interviewed on camera, said he knew one of the victims from the neighborhood.
"He’s a good soul. He sits down in a chair every day, he feeds the birds, he talks to everyone in the neighborhood. Everyone knows him. He’s a very good guy," the person said. "I feel so bad knowing he was involved in such a horrible ordeal."