The driver of a BMW SUV that crashed into a C7 Corvette early Tuesday morning in Soho in Lower Manhattan remains on the run, police said.
A New Jersey state trooper tried to stop the BMW X5 for speeding on I-78 in Newark just before 2 a.m., but then had to pursue the fleeing driver with his lights and sirens on.
As the BMW headed into the Holland Tunnel, the trooper backed off his pursuit of the SUV, which it was later determined had been stolen from Long Hill Township, N.J.
Once through the tunnel, the BMW crashed into the white C7 convertible near Broome and Greene streets, sheering off the Corvette’s top and causing extensive damage to its front end. The BMW then took down a light post as debris from the collision shattered the front door of the Eden Fine Art Soho gallery at 470 Broome St. The BMW’s front end was demolished by the crash.
“I came out and saw the white Corvette had parts all over the street. The driver was still behind the wheel. He had a cut on his face and was grabbing his neck,” nearby resident Robin Mamotyuk, 21, told DNAinfo.
The 28-year-old Corvette driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.
The BMW driver, believed to have been injured in the crash, was last seen running west on Broome Street towards Wooster Street. He’s being hunted by a task force assembled for the search.
Police are asking anyone with information about the BMW driver to contact them.
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