EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn – Five people were taken to Brooklyn hospitals, including two children, after the teenage driver of a stolen SUV allegedly blew through multiple red lights and crashed into another car, setting off a chaotic chain of events Monday.
It happened shortly after 9 a.m. at the intersection Remsen Avenue and Rutland Road in the East Flatbush section of the borough.
After allegedly running a red light, the driver of a 2007 Chevy Tahoe was heading north on Remsen Avenue when he allegedly ran another red light and crashed into a Pathfinder traveling west on Rutland in surveillance video. A woman behind the wheel of the Pathfinder was taken to a hospital, according to the NYPD.
Debris from that crash then hit a 10-month-old boy being pushed in a stroller by his babysitter, police said. The child and babysitter were taken to a hospital. Their injuries were not deemed serious.
In the chaos, the Tahoe veered left as a result of the first impact, jumped onto the sidewalk and plowed a mother and toddler, police said. The woman is in critical condition while the boy, who is 2 1/2 years old, suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to a hospital.
Police said the license plates on the SUV had been swapped to cover up its theft. Officers took the Tahoe’s driver, whose name has not been released, into custody without incident, NYPD said. He’s been described only as a young teen.
An NYPD car arrived moments after the crash because the officers were trailing the Tahoe’s driver after receiving reports he’d run a red light. They said it was not a pursuit because the officers’ lights and sirens were not on.
Eric Wiseman saw it all unfold in front of him from outside a bodega. The Tahoe left a trail of debris, including the mother pinned in the midst of it all.
"And then you just saw her come out from underneath the car," Wiseman recalled.
Nick McLean was working construction nearby. He captured video showing the FDNY attending to the woman.
"The mother, she was in really bad condition,” McLean said. “She wasn't breathing, and then they revived her."
For McLean, the innocent victims who aren't old enough to understand what happened are the one who really tore at his heart.
"I felt bad for the kids to be honest," he said.