What to Know
- Two officers and a driver were injured after the driver T-boned an NYPD cruiser in Brooklyn, police said
- Surveillance video shows the moment of impact and an officer collapsing to the sidewalk after the crash
- Police said the driver ran a stop sign before the crash, but he hasn't been arrested
Three people were injured, including two NYPD officers, after a driver T-boned a police cruiser in Brooklyn, sending the vehicle hurtling onto a sidewalk in a crash caught on surveillance video.
A 62-year-old man was driving an SUV eastbound on Hemlock Street in Cypress Hills when he ran a stop sign and crashed into the police cruiser as it raced down Ridgewood Avenue around 11 a.m., police said.
Surveillance video captured the impact of the crash. It shows the cruiser’s airbags deploying as the two vehicles collide; the cruiser then veers onto a sidewalk and comes to rest against a building.
“I was asleep and I heard like a crash,” said Habeeb Zandani, who lives nearby.
The officers in the cruiser were heading to an emergency at the time and had their lights and sirens on. Police said the driver didn’t see the NYPD car as he pulled out into the intersection.
Surveillance video shows the officer in the passenger seat getting out of the cruiser and taking a few steps before collapsing to the ground. He and the officer who was driving were taken to an area hospital and are expected to survive. They were seen being taken away with braces around their necks.
The driver of the SUV was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. He has not been arrested.
The driver's side of the cruiser was left crippled by the crash.
Residents say the crash is a sign of a bigger problem. Bryan Adames worries about young siblings playing outside in an area he says is plagued by bad drivers and crashes.
“I think the city should put a traffic light or a stop sign because there’s like an accident here weekly,” he said.