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Nine injured after paraplegic driver loses control of car

A six-year-old boy and eight others were injured after a car crashed into the group of pedestrians before slamming into a Brooklyn building on Thursday night.

The paraplegic driver, who was using hand controls to operate the vehicle, lost control while making a turn and hopped the curb, according to police.

Two people suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and another two suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, the FDNY told the New York Post. 

A six-year-old boy and eight others have been injured after a car hopped a curb and slammed into a Brooklyn building on Thursday night (pictured) 

Two people suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and another two suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries

Two people suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and another two suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries

The six-year-old boy suffered a cut on his head and is listed in stable condition, along with five other victims.  

Authorities said the car slammed into the group of pedestrians after it was sent flying onto the sidewalk when the driver lost control around 7.30pm.

It is suspected that the car hand controls, which operate the gas and brake, malfunctioned and may have caused the crash, investigators said.

The car stopped at the base of a nearby building. 

The paraplegic driver was using hand controls to operate the vehicle and lost control while making a turn, according to police

The paraplegic driver was using hand controls to operate the vehicle and lost control while making a turn, according to police

A wheelchair (pictured) was found in the back of the car's trunk following the accident 

A wheelchair (pictured) was found in the back of the car’s trunk following the accident 

The horrifying crash comes just days after the four-year-old daughter of Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles and a one-year-old boy were both struck and killed by a woman who ran a red light in Brooklyn.

Abigail Blumenstein and Josh Lew were walking with Miles and the boy’s mother, Lauren Lew, in Park Slope on Monday when they were struck by Dorothy Bruns.

The Tony winner and Lauren both sustained injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital along with a fifth victim.  

Authorities said the car slammed into the group of pedestrians after it was sent flying onto the sidewalk when the driver lost control around 7.30pm

Authorities said the car slammed into the group of pedestrians after it was sent flying onto the sidewalk when the driver lost control around 7.30pm

It is suspected that the car hand's controls, which operate the gas and break, malfunctioned and may have caused the crash, investigators said

It is suspected that the car hand’s controls, which operate the gas and break, malfunctioned and may have caused the crash, investigators said

At least one of the adults was described by a witness as being a pregnant woman who sustained critical injuries.

One witness described to the New York Post how Lew tried to save her son immediately after the tragedy unfolded, but it was too late. 

Moments before, the two kids and their mothers had just gotten off the bus and were crossing the street when a woman driving a white Volvo sped through the intersection at 9th Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, striking the families.

The horrifying crash comes just days after the four-year-old daughter of Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles (pictured together) was killed  by a woman who ran a red light in Brooklyn

The horrifying crash comes just days after the four-year-old daughter of Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles (pictured together) was killed  by a woman who ran a red light in Brooklyn

Miles' friend Lauren Lew (picutred with one of her children) also lost her one-year-old boy in the tragic accident on Monday 

Miles’ friend Lauren Lew (picutred with one of her children) also lost her one-year-old boy in the tragic accident on Monday 

Dorothy Bruns of Staten Island, 44, hit and killed a one-year-old Josh Lew and four-year-old Abigail Blumenstein at 12.40pm in the neighborhood of Park Slope, police say

Dorothy Bruns of Staten Island, 44, hit and killed a one-year-old Josh Lew and four-year-old Abigail Blumenstein at 12.40pm in the neighborhood of Park Slope, police say

At first, the driver tried to speed away, dragging the stroller that the boy was being pushed in behind her for half a block, until she crashed into some parked cars on the opposite side of the street and came to a stop.

‘The kids were run straight over, and the driver tried to get away and hit a car,’ one anonymous witness told the Post.

‘I don’t even want to think about this…Just to know those kids were ran down like a dog.’ 

The children were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The damage to Bruns' white Volvo can be seen here, as the car rests on a flatbed truck

The damage to Bruns’ white Volvo can be seen here, as the car rests on a flatbed truck



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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