A reckless driver who tried to flee the police in Brooklyn, NYC, struck a bicyclist and two pedestrians, continued driving, struck three other pedestrians, crashed into a vehicle and then into a wall before running away with a passenger. One suspect is in custody while the other is still at large.
According to the police, two officers patrolling in Bedford-Stuyvesant saw a car with mismatched plates which is usually an indication that the car might have been stolen. They also noticed that the two people inside the car were smoking marijuana. As they got out of the police car to talk to the driver after turning on their lights and pulling the car over, the driver of the vehicle took off.
As he was fleeing from the police, the reckless driver first struck a cyclist and two pedestrians at the intersection of Macon Street and Ralph Avenue. He did not stop and continued speeding on Ralph Avenue. As he reached Hasley Street, the driver hit a grandmother and her grandson who were crossing the street. He then crashed into another car and careened into the wall of building. The driver and the passenger then got out of the car and ran away.
Lynn Christopher was killed in the accident and her grandson critically injured
The grandmother was identified as 67 year old Lynn Christopher. She was killed in the accident and her 8 year old grandson, Jacob Butler who was visiting her from Atlanta, suffered critical injury. He was rushed to the hospital where is his still struggling for his life. He suffered multiple trauma including a broken leg and severe head trauma that will require a surgery to decrease pressure on his brain. He is now on a respirator. His mother, Lesley Christopher, was just at the corner of the street when the accident occurred. She is devastated. (Read more in the NY Daily News)
Between the beginning of the year and the end of May 2022, 46 pedestrians died in crashes in New York. In most cases, drivers who killed them were driving recklessly, speeding and/or failing to yield to them.
Picture of the two intersections where the driver struck multiple pedestrians and a cyclist as he was fleeing the cop: courtesy of Google map