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Out-of-Control Driver in Stolen Car Hits 2 Women Pushing Strollers: Police

By  Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner | May 16, 2016 9:49am | Updated on May 16, 2016 11:03am

 A stroller lay on its side near the suspect's gray SUV.
A stroller lay on its side near the suspect's gray SUV.
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EAST FLATBUSH — A young man fleeing police in a stolen SUV crashed into another vehicle, sending both careening into two different women pushing strollers through East Flatbush Monday morning, officials said.

Miraculously, one of the women and all of the children were unhurt, but the other victim, the mother of a 2-year-old boy, was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition, police and prosecutors said.

Officers in a patrol car saw Stephen Brumaire, 18, in a stolen Chevy Tahoe run a red light at Remsen Avenue and Winthrop Street about 9:14 a.m. and pursued him up the avenue, an NYPD spokesman said.

Stolen Chevy Tahoe

Brumaire raced up Remsen Avenue until he hit a Nissan Pathfinder at East 52nd Street, sending it into onto the sidewalk, narrowly missing a babysitter pushing a 10-month-old boy in a stroller, police and witnesses said.

The crash sent Brumaire's vehicle flying in the opposite direction over an island where he hit the mother as she pushed her 2-year-old son in a stroller, police said.

"The car was flying up Remsen. It had to be going 50. It jumped across the island. The car hit the woman dead on. I've never seen anything like that," said Eric Wiseman, 50.

"She was on the ground. She was face down on her stomach, laying in the middle of the street. There was a lot of blood coming from her head. There was a baby carriage about 10 feet from her. The baby was in the carriage on the curb," Wiseman said.

The woman, whose clothes were badly torn, was moving when medical crews arrived, Wiseman said. She was listed in critical condition at Kings County Hospital and underwent surgery Tuesday night, officials said.

"The baby was OK. The carriage was turned on its side. Two women ran to help the baby," said Furkat Murodov, 34, a construction worker nearby.

EMS took the child to Kings County Hospital where he's listed in critical condition as a precaution, officials said. The baby sitter took the other boy to the same hospital where he's listed in the same condition, police said.

The Pathfinder's driver was listed in stable condition at Brookdale Hospital, a police spokesman said.

Afterwards, the stroller on the island lay on its side, surrounded by debris, while Brumaire's gray Tahoe rested up on a curb nearby. The other gray SUV rested on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street next to another baby carriage.

Brumaire was taken into custody at the scene, an NYPD spokesman said.

"They took the driver out of the car. One officer had his gun drawn. They were yelling, 'Get out of the car! Don't move!'" Wiseman said.

Once outside, Brumaire looked distraught by the carnage, witnesses said. 

"He saw the woman on the ground and he looked stressed. The policemen took him to the police car," Furkat said.