EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn – An 18-year-old arrested after allegedly stealing an SUV and causing a chain-reaction crash that caused five people, including two children and a critically injured mother, to be hospitalized was identified by the NYPD on Tuesday.
Stephen Brumire, 18, is expected to face charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving without a license, and disobeying a red light, police said.
The allegations come a day after police say Brumire drove a stolen 2007 Chevy Tahoe northbound on Remsen Avenue and ran multiple red lights before crashing into a Pathfinder traveling westbound on Rutland Road.
The East Flatbush-area collision caused debris to fly, hitting a 10-month-old boy being pushed in a stroller by his baby sitter, police said.
The Tahoe then veered onto the sidewalk and struck a mother and her 2 1/2-year-old son, according to police.
A woman driving the Pathfinder, as well as the 10-month-old, his babysitter, the mother and her toddler were all hospitalized.
The mother was listed in critical condition on Monday. Police did not reveal the condition of the Pathfinder’s driving.
Police said the remaining three suffered minor injuries, or injuries not deemed serious.
An NYPD car arrived at the scene moments after the crash because officers had been trailing the Tahoe after receiving reports that it had run a red light.
Brumire was detained without incident after police said he attempted to hide the theft of the Tahoe by swapping license plates.