A high-speed chase that originated in the Bronx ended in a serious multi-car crash the afternoon of March 15, according to local sources. New York police responded to the car accident that left a woman and an infant in serious condition. The driver and one passenger have been taken into custody, though no formal charges have yet to be filed.
According to witness and police accounts, officers attempted to pull the vehicle over for speeding around 5:45 p.m. when the driver attempted to evade police. When the car reached the border of Mount Vernon, New York police alerted local sheriff’s deputies to the chase. The chase ended rather abruptly in front of a local church when the car crashed.
Apparently, the vehicle struck multiple parked cars before coming to rest. Police arrived and took the driver and the front-seat passenger into custody. The back-seat passenger, an unidentified woman, was seriously injured, suffering serious head trauma. She was rushed to a local hospital and remains in critical condition as of this report. The infant that was seated on her lap was also injured, but apparently is in stable condition.
If the driver of the car is formally charged with a crime, which seems likely considering the scope of the car accident, that individual could face jail time. In addition, New York law will allow the woman in the back seat to file a personal injury suit against the driver. The family of the infant will be entitled to do the same. These suits would be handled separately from any criminal charges in a civil court setting.
Source: lohud.com, “NYPD car chase leads into Mount Vernon, ends in crash“, Michael D’Onofrio, March 13, 2016