7 people hurt, 1 seriously, in multi-vehicle crash in Brooklyn after police pursuit

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Seven people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Brooklyn on Monday.

It happened at Farragut Road and Albany Avenue in East Flatbush just after 4:30 p.m.

The situation started when police attempted to perform a a traffic stop at Ditmas Avenue near Coventry Road.

The black BMW was stopped by an unmarked patrol car by plain clothes officers. As the officers stepped out of their patrol car, the driver apparently fled the scene.

Police say they were stopping the car due to a moving violation for disobeying pavement markings.

The officers did follow after the BMW for a short time, but then stopped due to safety concerns.

The BMW stopped at a red light and that same unmarked patrol car got in front of the car.

The 20-year-old suspect's vehicle collided into the unmarked patrol car and continued to flee down Kings Highway.

At East 42nd Street, the driver sped through the intersection and hit a Toyota SUV as it traveled southbound.

There was a chain reaction of vehicles hit including a Mercedes Benz SUV with five people inside and it also hit four parked vehicles including a yellow school bus.

After the crash, the driver took off running, but he was later caught at Albany and Foster avenues.

A total of seven people hurt, six suffered minor injuries.

A 56-year-old man inside the Toyota SUV was seriously injured.

They were all taken to Kings County Hospital.
Thankfully, no one was killed.

Just a few hours earlier the block was filled with children leaving school.

There is an on-going police investigation and charges are pending against the suspect.
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