NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several people, including two children, were injured when a teen behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle left a path of destruction in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, police said.
It all started around 9:15 a.m. Monday when the driver of a stolen Chevy Tahoe took off after seeing authorities behind him, CBS2’s Emily Smith reported.
The 18-year-old driver blew through a red light and collided with a Pathfinder, which jumped a sidewalk and hit a house gate, causing debris to hit a nanny pushing a 10-month-old boy in a stroller, Smith reported.
The suspect kept driving and jumped a sidewalk, hitting a mother pushing her 2-year-old son in a stroller, Smith reported.
“Her body, her clothes were burnt and scraped off of her and the baby stroller was flat,” witness Eric Wiseman said. “Some lady pulled it up and the baby was in there with no scratches on him.”
Surveillance video shows the driver of the stolen SUV crashing into another SUV while turning into the intersection. The police car tailing the stolen car pulled up seconds later.
“Police were right behind him,” an eyewitness told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa. “He blew the light, rear ended another car, crossed the median, took the lady and the baby with him. Finished crossing the median, her body came up from underneath the car.”
Marie Armand, who was driving the SUV that got hit, did not sustain any injuries.
“Everybody told me, ‘You OK? You OK? You OK? It’s not your fault,'” Armand said.
Francois Gean called 911 when he saw the crash.
“I saw the woman laid down on the sidewalk, her head was open,” Gean said. “Both legs broken.”
Images from the scene at Remsen Avenue and Rutland Road showed a mangled stroller overturned in the street among other debris from the crash.
The 2-year-old boy is expected to be OK, but his mother is listed in critical condition, Smith reported.
The nanny and child in her care sustained minor injuries, Papa reported.
Police have charged Stephen Burmaire, 18, with criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was also issued a summons for running a red light and driving without a license.
They’re also looking into a possible criminal past involving robbery. Wiseman said the owner of the stolen vehicle had let police know his car was missing that morning.
“I actually spoke to the owner. He said he was out looking for his car, and police were already on that with with the OnStar,” Wiseman said.
Police sources told CBS2’s Smith that officers didn’t know they were following the stolen vehicle until after the crash.