Friday, July 8, 2016
A 78-year-old woman was killed Thursday afternoon when an SUV that was being pursued by cops smashed into her in Queens, police said.
Cops spotted the BMW X5 — with a license plate that was matched the description of a suspect from an earlier burglary — in Cambria Heights and pursued the vehicle.
The cops were driving in an unmarked car and deployed their flashing lights and sirens in an attempt to pull over the BMW at 116th ave and 225th street, said NYPD Queens South Chief David Barrere.
But the suspect simply sped from the scene after ramming the unmarked police car on his way out, Barrere said.
That’s when the BMW ran a red light and slammed into a 2006 Saturn traveling eastbound on Linden Blvd.
“I heard a big bang and a crash,” said witness Yvonne Gardener.
“I ran out and saw the cops hitting the window with their gun … yelling, ‘Get out! Get out.’”
The BMW was on its side when Gardener discovered the woman’s body.
“That’s when I noticed the woman lying in the street,” Gardener said. “She was on her stomach.”
Police officers ripped off the woman’s T-shirt and desperately tried to save her.
The suspect identified as 51-year-old convicted criminal Eric Perkins.
Perkins, who was taken to the hospital, is currently serving lifetime parole for murder, cops said.
Four other people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, an FDNY spokesman said.