According to police, during Tuesday’s evening rush hour, a 20-year-old driver, Kyle Fernandez, in a stolen car allegedly ran down everyone and everything in his way. A vehicle struck several cars and a group of pedestrians walking close to a Manhattan crossing, injuring a total of 10.
Stolen Car Driver Charges
Deputy Chief James Kehoe claimed that when the first time the driver of the stolen car struck a cyclist, the police were following the stolen car “at a low rate of speed because of the heavy traffic.” After that, the stolen car driver hit a yellow taxi, hit a black livery cab driver and hit several civilians in the intersection at Lexington and 42nd on Tuesday evening around 5:30 p.m.
In a published article of People News, ten civilians were reportedly injured by the incident. Some victims were children, ages 5 to 10 years old. It was verified that a young woman had the most serious injury who suffered an ankle fracture. The victims were brought to Bellevue Hospital to receive medical treatment.
The driver of the stolen car was apprehended. The driver of the stolen car, a 20-year-old young man, Kyle Fernandez, doesn’t have a valid driver’s license from the state of New York. The stolen car driver is facing 34 separate charges. He faces charges for reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, eluding an officer, fleeing from a police officer, criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, driving while intoxicated, driving on the sidewalk, and driving without a license, authorities said.
How Rampant Stolen Cars in the City
In comparison to April 2022, car thefts increased 13% overall across the city. The department increased vigilance against car thefts, ghost cars and other crime and as a result, the number of car pursuits has also increased, according to Chief of Patrol John Chell.
Police are still conducting an investigation as they are looking for the female passenger of the stolen car.