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A Bay 20th Street man suspected of killing one man and wounding seven others in a horrific Staten Island car crash was arrested Tuesday after a daring foot chase through Bensonhurst.

Utilizing an NYPD helicopter, a K-9 unit, and an army of cops, police converged on suspected speed-racer Brian Pittsley’s home between Benson Avenue and 86th Street just before noon, sparking a two-block foot chase to 84th Street near 18th Avenue.

Police sources said that Pittsley ran into his backyard when cops showed up at his front door. As cops pursued, Pittsley began vaulting over backyard fences in a harried bid to escape.

But cops quickly outpaced Pittsley — ultimately grabbing him behind a home two blocks away on 84th Street. He was still in custody at the 62nd Precinct stationhouse, being questioned by investigators, by 3 pm Tuesday, police sources said.

Pittsley, a Bensonhurst mechanic and a father of a newborn, has been accused of sparking a massive multiple car collision at Hylan Boulevard and Hillside Terrace on Staten Island on Monday night that led to the death of 18-year-old Angel Rivera and seven serious injuries. Nearly all of the injured were from Pittsley’s own SUV, police said, adding that one of the injured, a 17-year-old girl, had to have part of her right arm amputated following the bloody 9:47 pm crack-up.

Police say Pittsley was taking seven friends through Staten Island when he blew a stop sign as his SUV came careening down Hillside Terrace. His misstep proved fatal: a Nissan Sentra careened into the back of Pittsley’s SUV, sending it flipping onto a parked Chevrolet Blazer, according to cops.

Pittsley managed to crawl out of his crumpled vehicle unscathed and flee the Island as paramedics tended to his wounded friends.

Tuesday’s arrest wasn’t the 25-year-old’s first run in with the law.

According to the New York Post, Pittsley has been arrested five times since 2003 on a smattering of charges including assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and grand larceny.

Neighbors said they weren’t surprised that Pittsley had been arrested. Many believed he was squatting at the Bay 20th Street home cops found him in. He had also allegedly started a fist fight during this year’s block party when neighbors asked him to turn his music down, they said.

Yet others described Pittsley as a quiet, friendly fellow.

“He was always OK to me,” said one neighbor, who didn’t want to divulge his name. “He always drove slow when he went down the block. When I heard the police helicopters this morning, I never thought they were coming for him.”

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Family and Friends from bensonhurst says:
Bryan was taken from his parents and seperated from his brothers at 4yrs of age. He went from foster home to foster home. Was sexually,physically,and mentally abused.Then went in to group homes after group homes where the system and therapy had failed him. When he had finally came to NY all he did was cry and talk about how he always wanted a regular life and a family. He knew he needed help with his mental disability problems but was Untrusting of therapy because it has failed him so bad since he was a child. As a man who cant read he learned all about how to fix homes.and cars within a year but was not allowed to go to school because of his disabilities. He did well for four years working, keeping to himself and trying to make his girl who he called his wife happy. His wife began to have her own problems because of her past issues and they began to have some issues in their relationship. Bryan did the only thing he knew how... NOT to feel his feelings and started self distructing.He got in trouble with the lawput on probation and shortly found out he was going to be a father. He had a beautiful 7lb 14oz baby boy
Aug. 30, 2011, 7:30 pm
Family and Friends from bensonhurst says:
He held and cryed to his baby boy on how sorry he was before being arrested. He said the only reason he ranwas because he was shocked,hurt and scared. He was going to give himself up but wanted to see his baby one last time.He expressed how guilty he felt about the victims and thats something he will have to live with for the rest of his life.

FYI-Bryan never started anything at the block party, that block party was 2yrs ago and he arrived at the scene late because he was working. The neighbors must of mistaken him for someone else that lived in the building.
Aug. 30, 2011, 7:39 pm
Joe Comohoyo from Staten ISland says:
Wah, wah, wah...woe is me. Sorry, but this guy not only ran once (through a stop sign), twice (abandoning his injured friends), but three times. Whoever is writing his excuses for him should become a social worker...or a priest.

I understand he is a troubled individual, but making excuses for him doesn't help.
Aug. 30, 2011, 9:31 pm
friends and family from bensonhurst says:
no excuses just the truth... and he actually went to protect the 16year old from getting beat up and they followed. so please if you dont know the whole story please dont comment.
Aug. 30, 2011, 9:38 pm
Adam S from Staten Island says:
"Friends And Family From Bensonhurst", I assume you think that you're helping, but you're actually hurting Brian badly by posting. You'd be best served to stop posting things online, where they are publicly viewable and irreversable. You're openly confirming his guilt in both the accident and the fleeing of the scene. If you actually are someone related to him, you've just provided evidence that the prosecution can use after tracing your IP address should they ever find this site.
Aug. 30, 2011, 10:22 pm
Adam S from Staten Island says:
I'm also not really sure how you are of the mind that he was ready to turn himself in, when he in fact fled upon being confronted by the police
Aug. 30, 2011, 10:25 pm
friends and family says:
no one is confirmimg anything we should just pray for everyone. this is just a very ——ty situation i know everyone can agree to that.
Aug. 31, 2011, 1:05 am
friends and family says:
crappy situation x110 sry cant curse on here
Aug. 31, 2011, 1:07 am
carlos says:
The thing im gonna say is he was not an bad guy.
Sept. 1, 2011, 3:16 am
cavaliero from Bensonhurst says:
This man is one the hardest working man i knew in the last 2 years. He did a lot of work on my cars and he was very honest and simply smart he saved me thousands on repairs others would have scammed me. he had past issues and a tough life when he was younger in California he told me that. He was always polite honest and caring. now just when his life had potential and all the hard work payed off this happened. The Chevy had numerous suspension and braking problems and no one was wearing a seat belt. He fled because he was scared and his childhood disabilities and fears came out and resurfaced.
Sept. 2, 2011, 11:11 pm
Tami from The one I live in says:
He needs to go to prison for a LONG TIME!!
Nov. 21, 2011, 5:06 pm

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