The driver of a silver Dodge Challenger crashed into a Brooklyn coffee shop Thursday morning after being side-swiped on the road by an off-duty NYPD cadet, police said. The driver and three other people were injured, including a woman who suffered a collapsed lung, police and fire officials said.
The car, which has a Florida license plate, slammed into the Civil Service Cafe, on the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Clifton Place in Bed-Stuy, at about 8:30 a.m., the FDNY said. Photos from the scene show the front of the car inside the building.
Police said Mark Acevedo, 23, side-swiped the Dodge and caused it to crash into the cafe. Acevedo was arrested later Thursday on three counts of leaving the scene of an accident and one count accusing him of an illegal signal, police said.
A 32-year-old woman was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in critical condition with a collapsed lung and a broken leg, police said. Two men, a 40-year-old who suffered neck and back injuries, and a 32-year-old man with arm pain, were also taken to Methodist, cops said.
#FDNY members are on scene of a motor vehicle into a four story mixed use building, 279 Nostrand Ave in #Brooklyn. Currently, there are 4 non-life-threatening injuries to civilians. pic.twitter.com/17GMVUeMVL— FDNY (@FDNY) May 31, 2018
The Dodge driver, a 24-year-old man, was taken to The Brooklyn Hospital Center: Downtown Campus with an arm injury, according to police.