NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three people, including two NYPD officers, were rushed to the hospital after a police cruiser hopped a curb, struck a pedestrian and slammed into a tree while responding to a call Saturday evening.
Police say the officers were driving to a false alarm regarding an active shooter report when they spotted a mother and her child the street in front of them near Jerome Street and New Lots Avenue in East New York around 6:45 p.m.
Investigators say the officers swerved to avoid the mom and kid, and in doing so jumped the curb and struck a 32-year-old man on the sidewalk. The officers’ vehicle continued on, slamming into a tree and finally a building.
The officers suffered minor injuries and were taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. Officials say the civilian was taken to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center with two broken legs.
The crash remains under investigation.