The suspect in a car chase that originated in Pelham Manor Sunday and ended with a 53-year-old woman receiving critical injuries is still recovering in the hospital.
Daniel Straker, 36, of the Bronx, was arrested and charged Sunday with a felony count of aggravated vehicular manslaughter, along with misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation after he crashed a stolen Dodge Durango into a car on Boston Post Road, near the intersection of Morrola Place, in the Bronx.
Straker was taken into custody at about 6:15 a.m. after he led Pelham Manor police on car chase on Boston Post Road. The incident started after police received a report from a security officer at the Fairway Market located at the Post Road Plaza that a fellow employee’s Durango had been stolen.
The security officer had last seen the Durango driving in circles at the parking lot of the BJ’s Wholesale Club.
Police arrived at the scene and saw Stryker stopped westbound at a red light on the intersection of Boston Post Road and Connor Street. Officers attempted to box Straker in, but Straker escaped.
Straker crossed the the double lines and continued west in the eastbound lanes of Boston Post Road. He crashed into another as he was going around the bend, near the intersection of Morrola Place.
Straker’s vehicle overturned before coming to a stop. The driver of the car, a 62-year-old Bronx woman, and her passenger, a 53-year-old Bronx woman, were injured in the crash.
All three people involved in the accident were transported to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. The 53-year-old woman is in critical condition while the 62-year-old is in stable condition, officials from the New York City Police Department said Monday.
Straker was still recovering from minor injuries sustained from the crash and has yet to be arraigned. A spokesman for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said Straker’s arraignment could take place later this week.