BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) — A passenger choked a driver with a shoelace and took control of the car before hitting several vehicles and crashing into a fence in Brooklyn last week, police said Thursday.

The suspect was riding in a white Ford van when he attacked the 56-year-old driver near Skillman and Kingsland avenues at around 4:35 a.m. on Friday, according to the NYPD. During the struggle, the driver hung outside the door while the suspect took control of the van. The suspect then struck several cars and crashed into a fence on Skillman Avenue, police said.

The perpetrator then got out of the van and ran southbound on Kingsland Avenue, police said. There have been no arrests.

The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment.

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Mira Wassef is a digital reporter who has covered news and sports in the New York City area for more than a decade. She joined PIX11 News in 2022. See more of her work here.