Woman Admits Crashing SUV on Top of Q Train, Sources Say
EAST FLATBUSH — A woman who crashed her father's SUV over a concrete barrier and onto the roof of a passing Q train in Brooklyn Wednesday morning tried to convince police she had been carjacked, before admitting she was behind the wheel, sources said.
Hannah Harris, 20, of Marine Park, turned herself in to the 70th Precinct stationhouse six hours after she plowed the Nissan SUV through a quiet cul-de-sac on Albemarle Road at East 16th Street about 5 a.m, sources said.
Harris was driving east on the road when she sailed past a dead-end sign and mounted a waist-high concrete barrier, kept going through a chain-link fence, and landed the front wheels of the SUV atop the roof of a southbound Q train with 50 passengers aboard, police said.
Harris fled the scene, leaving the vehicle stranded atop the train. Following a media firestorm, she called police at 11 a.m. and claimed she had been driving the SUV when a man carjacked her and took them on the wild ride, sources said.
Harris eventually turned herself in at the precinct, where investigators grilled her about why she waited six hours before coming forward. She later admitted that she had been behind the wheel, sources said. She was charged with filing a false report and leaving the scene of an accident, and is expected to be arraigned Thursday.
The subway car involved in the Wednesday crash sustained only minimal damage, and no injuries were reported, according to the FDNY and the MTA.
A rescue train retrieved the approximately 50 passengers who were on board at the time and brought them back to the Church Avenue station, the MTA said.
The SUV was removed from the scene about 9:30 a.m., workers there said.
The odd crash Wednesday morning unfolded like a recent advertisement that Nissan aired in which a female SUV driver late for work mounts a cement ramp, sails into the air, and lands atop a fast-moving train.
"Fantasy, do not attempt. Cars can't jump on trains," the ad warns in small text at the bottom of the screen.
Southbound Q trains were running express through the area until about 11 a.m. when regular service resumed, an MTA spokeswoman said.
With reporting by Paul DeBenedetto