On a busy Manhattan street near Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday, a man fleeing from police struck a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk while operating a stolen SUV, wounding 10, all of whom were expected to live, according to authorities.
Near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and East 42nd Street in Midtown, as well as close to the Chrysler Building and the Hyatt Grand Central New York hotel, witnesses recounted a hectic scene during the afternoon rush hour.
At a news conference held that evening on the scene, police and fire authorities indicated that an ankle fracture was the most serious injury.
Around 5:30 p.m., a license plate reader notified police that a car had been taken. Police attempted to stop the SUV, which at first seemed to be pulling over, according to investigators.
According to authorities, the car made a U-turn on Lexington, sped off, struck a bicyclist and a cab, climbed up on a sidewalk, and then struck the pedestrians.
The SUV then turned onto Lexington in the incorrect direction, according to authorities, and collided with another car.
The SUV was moving slowly, according to the police, due to traffic. A 20-year-old guy was the driver of the SUV, which was reported stolen out of the Bronx on Monday.
He was detained at the location until police arrived.
The individual allegedly did not possess a valid driver’s license for New York. The police claimed the investigation was still ongoing and refused to take any questions at the press briefing.