Police seek passenger in stolen car that injured 10 people during Midtown chase
Police are looking for the passenger in a car that sped down a busy Midtown street and injured 10 pedestrians.
Officials say 10 people were injured after an unlicensed driver drove a vehicle through E. 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The victims, ages six to 72, were taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The vehicle, a 2018 maroon Hyundai Tucson with Illinois plates, was reported stolen from the Bronx last month, police said.
Officers say they followed the vehicle while attempting to verify if it was the same one stolen.
When they put their lights on, they say the 20-year-old driver, Kyle Fernandez, refused to pull over.
During the pursuit, the stolen car hit a bicyclist, then a taxicab before jumping the curb and hitting pedestrians.
Fernandez then made a U-turn in the middle of the busy intersection and went the wrong way up Lexington Avenue.
The chase came to an end when the driver collided head-on into a black Toyota. In total, three vehicles were damaged.
“The most severe being an ankle fracture to a young lady, the others were just minor abrasions and neck and back pain,” Deputy Chief Mario Thompkins said.
Fernandez was then detained by civilians and held until officers made the arrest. He is charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing from an officer, criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, no license, failure to obey and officer and driving a motor vehicle across a sidewalk.
A female passenger fled the scene, authorities said.
Overall, car thefts were up 13% throughout the city compared to April of 2022.
NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell said the department is cracking down on car thefts, ghost cars and other crimes — and as a result the number of car chases is up.
“We made a pledge, no more, you are not going to drive around this city in a reckless manner thinking you can do whatever you want to do with your attitude, that you can commit crimes at that rate,” Chell said.
An investigation is ongoing as police search for the passenger of the stolen car.