Woman, Baby Were in Back of Speeding Car That Crashed After NYPD Chase: Officials

An NYPD chase of a speeding vehicle ended in a crash in Mount Vernon, critically injuring a woman who was sitting in the back seat of the car with an infant, authorities say. 

Law enforcement sources said NYPD anti-crime units began following a 2014 Nissan that appeared to be speeding near Mundy Lane in the Bronx at about 5:30 p.m. 

When police attempted to pull over the vehicle, the vehicle kept speeding, the sources said. When NYPD reached the Yonkers border, it called off the chase. 

The suspects' vehicle, however, continued speeding and crossed over into Mount Vernon, where it collided with other cars and came to a stop at an intersection in front of a church, according to Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas. 

The collision happened at 4th Street and 8th Avenue in front of the Greater Centennial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, officials said. 

The driver and one passenger were taken into custody, and the woman in the backseat was taken to Jacobi Medical Center with significant head trauma, according to Thomas.

The infant she was holding is in stable condition. 

"This is a tragic accident and we are hoping that there is no loss of life. Mount Vernon extends its full cooperation to the New York Police Department and ask that people pray for the injured backseat passenger and child," said Thomas. 

Contact Us