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Cops: Driver beheaded in crash amid dash from police - Brooklyn Paper

Cops: Driver beheaded in crash amid dash from police

Smashed: The scene where a police chase ended with a driver rear-ending a stopped flatbed and losing his head, according to police.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

A driver was decapitated this morning when he crashed into the back of a flatbed truck as he tried to escape police on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, police said.

“The guy’s head was in the back seat,” a police spokesman said.

The chase that led to the grisly collision began when cops pulled over the motorist behind the wheel of a 2003 Infiniti sedan near the merger of the Prospect and Gowanus expressways shortly before noon, cops said. The driver stopped momentarily, but then took off towards Downtown, officers stated.

Police pursued him to the Atlantic Avenue exit, where he tried to exit but slammed into the back of the truck waiting for the light.

An ambulance took the car’s passenger to Lutheran Medical Center, Fire Department officials said, and an officer on the scene was also transported to the hospital to be treated for shock, according to cops.

The truck’s driver was not injured, officials said.

The crash happened mere feet from the former site of Long Island College Hospital, but the so-called “emergency department” in the shell of the former medical center does not accept ambulances. Lutheran is four miles away in Sunset Park.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.

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