A flock of quick-thinking bystanders were able to rescue a woman who was pinned down by an SUV at a New York City crosswalk Sunday evening.
In the video, a group of a dozen or more strangers rush toward the black SUV and grab a hold of the vehicle from driver’s side. The group of good Samaritans begin lifting the dark Mercedes Benz SUV until a voice is heard screaming, “she’s out! Down, down, down!”
The 25-year-old victim told WNBC-TV that she remembers the entire incident very clearly. She was identified only by her first name, Veronika.
Just now at Delancey and Norfolk in the Lower East Side an accident ran over a pedestrian trapping them under an SUV. Onlookers just lifted the SUV, dragging the victim out. pic.twitter.com/uq1IHcSJ9k
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“I remember I was on the sidewalk, the car came, the car hit me. I was completely under the car,” she told the news station.
According to the New York Police Department, the SUV was turning right when it hit the young woman as she was crossing a crosswalk. The Mercedes then hit another car stopped at a traffic light, causing a chain reaction that included several vehicles. Most of the damage reported was minor.
First responders were at the scene soon after Veronika was pulled out to safety. She was then taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, treated for her injuries and released, NYPD told USA TODAY on Tuesday.
According to WNBC-TV, both of Veronika’s legs were stuck underneath one of the wheels, but she still managed to walk away from the ordeal without any broken bones, only bruising.
“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped. I don’t know how I can ever pay that back,” Veronika said.
Authorities said the 65-year-old driver of the Mercedes SUV was issued a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian.
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