Police in New York got an emergency call, and one of their squad cars responded. Authorities report that the driver did turn on the siren and the lights, in keeping with proper procedure.
Even so, as the car sped down the city streets, it ran into a pedestrian. After hitting the person, the car left the roadway and hit another car, a tree and a building.
Pictures from the scene show the car sitting up against the tree, behind caution tape. The front end and the windshield are both smashed, and it appears that the airbags went off. It's a white NYPD car with blue markings.
According to reports from a witness, a young boy who was only 11 or 12 years old wound up in front of the car. He was with a pair of women. The officer tried not to hit the boy and swerved -- though the witness says that the police car still made contact.
After that, though, there is no doubt that the car hit a 32-year-old man. He is the one who ended up in the hospital when both of his legs shattered on impact.
The witness did say that he talked to the two officers in the car, and he said that the young boy was crying in the road. Emergency crews came and took the older man to Brookdale Hospital, where he was last reported to be stable.
Police cars often have to respond quickly to emergency calls, but that doesn't mean it's always done safely. It's important for any pedestrians who get injured in accidents to know their legal options to seek compensation.