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Report: NYPD Cruiser Hits Eight Pedestrians on LES [Updated]

5:36 PM EDT on June 30, 2009

A 1010 WINS report appears to confirm a comment from wooDave on what sounds like a horrific pedestrian-involved crash in the East Village:

Eight pedestrians have been hurt in a car accident involving a New York City police cruiser on the Lower East Side.

Police say the accident happened Tuesday afternoon on Avenue D near East 5th Street.

EMS says five of the injuries were serious.

It is unclear what led to the crash.

According to wooDave the officer(s) may have been pursuing a cyclist. If you know of other coverage of this breaking story, please link from comments.

Update: The Daily News says the cruiser hit another car, "at least five" pedestrians "including a baby," and a building.

A police car spun out of control in the East Village Tuesday - striking at least five pedestrians, including a baby, cops at the scene said.

The victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital after the 4:15 p.m. accident on Ave. D and E. 6th St., sources said.

Witnesses said the NYPD car was speeding without a siren and collided with a white Cadillac heading in the opposite direction.

The police car mounted the curb, hitting several pedestrians.

"The cop was going really fast, too fast," said Brian Cooper, 42, who lives in the neighborhood.

"The police car jumped the curb and struck pedestrians on the sidewalk.

"I heard two loud bangs, the first when he hit the Cadillac and the second when he hit the building."

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