3 people struck, including toddler, by hit-and-run vehicle fleeing from cops in Queens

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Thursday, August 11, 2022
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Three people were struck, including a toddler, by a vehicle that fled from officers during a car stop in Queens, according to police. Jim Dolan has the latest details.

RIDGEWOOD, Queens (WABC) -- Three people were struck, including a toddler, by a vehicle that fled from officers during a car stop in Queens, according to police.

Authorities say the incident unfolded around 5 p.m. after officers conducted a car stop along Wyckoff Avenue and George Street in the Ridgewood section.

Officers exited their vehicle and approached the suspect's car. The reason for the car stop is unknown.

Police approached the male driver and discovered that his license was suspended.

Officers then asked the driver to step out of his vehicle so they could place him under arrest. That's when the driver stepped on the gas.

The officers were not injured, but three people were struck as the vehicle fled from the scene.

Two of the victims - a 28-year-old mother who was pushing a stroller, and her two-year-old daughter - sustained very minor injuries, bruising to the knees and wrists.

They were treated and released from the hospital.

A 35-year-old man was struck while unloading a truck. He has a compound leg fracture and was admitted to Wyckoff Hospital.

Police did not chase after the suspect, but instead stayed on the scene to help the injured victims.

The suspect's vehicle was discovered abandoned less than an hour later on Woodbine Street near Wilson Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The vehicle had not been reported stolen.

He was pulled over because of the vehicle's loud exhaust, and police determined the driver had a suspended license.

The suspect remains at large.

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