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Seven seniors injured in Ridge bus crash

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Seven seniors were among eight passengers hospitalized on Tuesday with severe but non-threatening injuries after a cop-fleeing SUV slammed into their bus at Colonial Road and 78th Street in Bay Ridge, said authorities.

Cops said they spotted the speeding black vehicle on the Belt Parkway at around 1 pm charging toward the Gowanus Expressway on the Belt Parkway. Police tried to apprehend the vehicle, but the driver took them on a wild goose chase through Bay Ridge until it rammed into an oncoming transporter bus from the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults, knocking it on its side.

The driver then tried to escape, said police, who claim they cornered the vehicle and arrested all three people inside. Charges against the suspects are pending.

The badly-hurt driver and his wounded passengers were taken by ambulance to Lutheran Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center, said an FDNY spokesman.

Three other people were also aboard the bus refused medical attention, said authorities.

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NBBLer from Prospect Park West says:
What does Seniors for Safety think? Did anyone call Lois Carswell or Louise Hainline?
March 28, 2012, 9:55 am
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
What does Tal think?
March 28, 2012, 9:56 am
NBBLer from Prospect Park West says:
Why isn't this filed under Mean Streets? Or do only speeding bikes qualify for that category?
March 28, 2012, 9:56 am
Malembi from BK says:
this is ——in stupid
March 28, 2012, 11:30 am
ty from pps says:
"Charges against the suspects are pending."

Yeah, but I'm sure not for the bus accident -- only for what the police were chasing them for in the first place. The NYPD doesn't charge people for injuries and deaths caused by cars.
March 28, 2012, 3:08 pm
Aiden from Bay Ridge says:
ty from pps: what about vehicular manslaughter? Or is that just something made up for Law & Order and CSI?
March 28, 2012, 3:40 pm
ty from pps says:
Aiden -- Death is pretty much the ONLY thing the NYPD will investigate and charge. Otherwise, like in this case, you can be permanently injured and unable to work again, but the NYPD will deem it "no criminality" and move on.
March 28, 2012, 4:36 pm
Pat K from Bay Ridge says:
Does anyone know who these suspects are and what charges have been given. The other writer has a point about people not being charged for many many accidents and some deaths like that young man recently in Greenpoint, I read a scary piece they only have something like 3 officers that investigate these accidents.

Short of a criminal investigation it always seems to be no charges filed.
March 28, 2012, 8:23 pm
Brooklynite from Brooklyn says:
1. WTF were the NYPD engaging in a high-speed car chase on neighborhood streets? Was it really necessary?

2. Why isn't this article labeled "Mean Streets?" Do the dolts at the Brooklyn Paper only believe that bicycles can be the source of "mean streets?"

3. I wonder what Tal Barzilai of Pleasantville has to say about all of this.
March 28, 2012, 11:45 pm

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