Two drivers were hospitalized with multiple injuries Friday night after a carjacked SUV collided with another SUV while fleeing authorities, Niagara Falls Police reported.
The 20-year-old operator of the stolen vehicle, whom police did not identify, was transported to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with leg injuries and was expected to undergo surgery. Police said they found him with several bags of crack cocaine. He has multiple outstanding arrest warrants, police noted, and additional charges against him are being prepared.
The other driver, identified by police as a 30-year-old Niagara Falls resident, also was taken to ECMC for treatment of multiple injuries.
Police said the carjacking took place just before 9 p.m. when two armed men took a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe at Fifth and Niagara streets. The vehicle was spotted about two hours later, police said, and Lt. Jay Fisher attempted to stop it in the 1900 block of Main Street. It sped away, police said, reaching speeds of nearly 100 mph before striking a 2019 GMC Terrain in the 2300 block of Hyde Park Boulevard.
Police followed a trail of smoke and debris to the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store nearby, where they found the Tahoe, which had driven through a fence at 2455 North Ave. The driver was found lying on the ground outside the vehicle, injured and unable to walk. A passenger in the vehicle fled, police said.