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Eight Hurt, One Fatally, In Crash On Staten Island; Driver Arrested

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Great Kills Crash (Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons)

Great Kills Crash (Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police arrested the driver of a car who they say ran a stop sign causing a crash that left seven people injured and one dead on Staten Island Monday night.

The accident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. at the intersection of Hillside Terrace and Hylan Boulevard in Great Kills. When police arrived at the scene, they determined that a Nissan Sentra traveling northbound on Hylan Blvd hit a Chevy Suburban that was traveling eastbound on Hillside Terrace.

The Suburban sped through a stop sign at the intersection, police said, which caused the Sentra to hit the rear of the Suburban causing it to flip over and crash into a parked car. The driver of the Suburban, identified as Brian Pittsley by the New York Post, allegedly fled the scene before police arrived and was at large until Tuesday afternoon.

Pittsley, 25, was caught in Brooklyn after a brief foot chase in Bensonhurst, police sources told the Post.

Pittsley has five prior arrests dating back to 2003, including busts for  grand larceny, assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and petit larceny,  the Post reported.

He was taken into custody Tuesday.

An 18-year-old passenger in the Suburban sustained serious head and body trauma and was transported to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police later identified him as Angel Rivera, of Great Kills.

The remaining six victims were taken to Staten Island University North Hospital, where they are currently listed in stable condition. Their ages range from 16 to 25.

The investigation is ongoing.

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