Driver Allegedly Strikes Pedestrians While Trying to Escape Police

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( – On Tuesday, August 1, good Samaritans managed to tackle a suspect who had used a stolen vehicle to strike 10 people and many cars in New York City.

While 20-year-old Kyle Fernandez was allegedly attempting to flee from Manhattan law enforcement officers in a 2018 Hyundai Tucson SUV registered to Illinois which had been reported stolen the previous day, a group of pedestrians managed to restrain him and stop him from leaving.

James Kehoe, the Patrol Borough Manhattan South Deputy Chief, stated that officers tried to pull him over because they knew an SUV had been stolen, according to a report from Fox News. However, Fernandez took off and ended up hitting not only a taxi and a bicyclist, but also a number of pedestrians. He then proceeded to drive down Lexington Avenue.

However, he did not manage to go far as his vehicle crashed into a 2021 Toyota RAV4. From there, Fernandez exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. A few people in the area tackled him and kept him from escaping again until the police arrived at the scene to make the arrest. The incident was also captured on video.

One of the witnesses, Michael Discioarro, shared that after the police showed, up they managed to take him into custody despite his opposition.

The pedestrians who were injured during the incident were taken to the hospital, but there were no reports that any of the injuries were fatal.

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