Two police officers were injured in a car accident in South Richmond Hill on Wednesday while responding to the robbery of a nearby cellular phone store.
Police say three people swiped phones and accessories from the T-Mobile store on Liberty Avenue near 118th Street at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday night. After the suspects fled in a car, a witness to the robbery flagged down passing cops, who put out a radio description of the getaway car.
Two patrol cars from the 106th Precinct were responding to the alert when they collided with a Honda Civic near Lefferts Boulevard and 109th Avenue, three blocks from the scene of the robbery.
Two of the four officers involved in the smash-up were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with minor injuries, authorities said. The Civic driver was not badly injured. The accident caused delays along the Q10 bus line for several hours.
Police add that the suspects ditched their car on a front lawn near the Van Wyck Expressway and 111th Avenue and fled on foot.