Child, 8 Others Injured after Handicapped Driver's Car Jumps Curb

NY Post - March 09, 2018

by Larry Celona and Caroll Alvarado

Nine people — including a 6-year-old boy — were injured when a car driven by a person in a wheelchair who uses hand controls to operate the vehicle hopped a curb and slammed into a building Thursday evening in Brooklyn, officials and sources said.

The driver lost control while making a turn near Glenwood Road and Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush around 7:30 p.m., sending the car onto the sidewalk and into a crowd of pedestrians, cops said. Investigators believe a malfunction in the car’s hand controls — which are designed for the handicapped to operate the gas and break — may have caused the crash, sources said.

Two people suffered potentially life-threatening injuries, while another two sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, the FDNY said.

A 6-year-old boy who suffered a cut on the head was among five pedestrians listed in stable condition, sources said.

Eight of the patients were taken to Kings County Hospital, while the ninth was brought to SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

The car came to a rest at the base of a building on Nostrand Avenue.