NYPD van hits machete-wielding teen during Bronx chase

A 17-year-old boy seen running around a Bronx street with a machete was hospitalized with a broken hip after he was struck by an NYPD van pursuing him down the Grand Concourse, police said Tuesday.

Isaiah Rivera, of the Bronx, bolted down the Grand Concourse near E. Kingsbridge Road in Fordham Manor after cops spotted him fighting someone with a machete in his hand about 11 p.m. Monday.

As Rivera scrambled south along the Grand Concourse between the inner and outer roadway, the cop driving the van pulled a U turn and began following him.

After a short chase, Rivera stumbled and fell onto the pavement just 6 feet shy of E. 193rd St. — right in front of the police van.

The driver slammed on the brakes, but the van rolled forward over Rivera, cops said.

The wheels never struck Rivera, but the van’s undercarriage clipped the teen’s hip, causing an injury, cops said.

A pool of blood collects behind the wheel of an NYPD van in the Bronx. 

A pool of blood collects behind the wheel of an NYPD van in the Bronx. 

(Angus Mordant for New York Daily)

Cops flocked to the Grand Concourse to investigate the crash, which knocked the teen’s hat to the ground and left a small pool of blood behind the passenger-side wheel.

Medics rushed Rivera to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition Tuesday.

Cops charged him with criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct. He was given a desk appearance ticket as he mended at the hospital.

Investigators could not find the person he had threatened with the machete, so it was not immediately clear what had transpired before police arrived.

It was not immediately disclosed if the cop driving the van will face disciplinary action.


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