Surveillance video shows the moment an out-of-control driver careened into a Brooklyn building, sending it crumbling to the ground.
The footage shows the car zoom into the two-story building on Avenue P near East 5th Street in Gravesend shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday, causing what FDNY officials described as a “major collapse.”
Building materials, signage, and other debris — including a satellite dish — toppled to the ground, photographs show.
As the dust settled, the 20-year-old driver tried running away from the crime scene, but was taken into police custody shortly thereafter, sources said.
The building housed a commercial space on the first floor and an apartment on the second story.
“The occupants on the second floor were not home at the time of the incident,” FDNY Assistant Chief Wayne Cartwright said at an early morning press conference at the scene. “We accounted for the occupants of the apartment on the 2nd floor. The commercial occupancy on the first floor was vacant and unoccupied at the time.”
The driver suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, authorities said. He was in police custody, but was not immediately charged for the incident.
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