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Woman hurt in New York car crash involving stolen vehicle

A woman was injured in Brooklyn on Feb. 4 after the driver of a stolen SUV attempted to evade police by traveling the wrong way on a street, according to authorities. New York police are still piecing together the specifics of the car crash that sent a 52-year-old woman to a local hospital and killed the dog she was walking. Charges against the offending driver are pending. 

According to the police report, the woman had just stepped into the intersection to cross the street around 10 a.m. when the driver of an apparently-stolen SUV barreled down the street going the wrong way. Surveillance footage from the scene shows the vehicle sweeping the woman out of sight while traveling at a high rate of speed. The dog did not survive the crash.

The woman was alive and coherent when emergency services arrived, and she was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Police say the 20-year-old driver of the SUV sustained only minor injuries in the crash. They also confirmed that the suspect had stolen the vehicle, and they were chasing him when the accident occurred. They say charges are pending against him, though they have not specified what charges will be filed. 

When a car crash is predicated by an existing crime or suspected crime, it becomes more likely that charges will be filed in association with the case. In addition, the injured woman in this case is entitled under New York law to file a personal injury suit against the driver involved. Even if no criminal charges end up being filed, the civil suit can be backed up by evidence from the police investigation. 

Source: CBS New York, “Woman Injured When Wrong-Way Driver Flies Through Brooklyn Intersection In Stolen SUV“, Feb. 4, 2016