On Friday an SUV slammed into a pedestrian in Astoria then into a wall.
Video footage shows the dramatic scene when a white Jeep Cherokee, with an elderly man behind the wheel, all of a sudden picked up speed as it turned out of a side car park. It went straight over the adjacent sidewalk and into a pedestrian before slamming into the wall.
The accident occurred on Steinway Street. The shop front the Jeep went into belonged to a radiology center. DR. N.D Wruble who was in the center quickly rushed out to help. The Dr recognized the driver immediately, having examined him earlier.
The patient told him that the accelerator pedal got stuck on the floorboard. The pedestrian who was hit was said to have been bleeding from the head but otherwise felt OK, according to eyewitnesses.
The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and no arrests were made. Police are examining the crash to determine what had caused it. Bystanders told NY Post that it could have been even worse than it was, with a real-estate broker (Liz Finnerty) stating that the “The exterior wall is not made of cinder blocks….It’s made of softer material that gave way, and I think that saved [the driver’s] life.”
A man was seriously injured Friday when a car came out of nowhere and smashed into him as he walked along a sidewalk in Queens.
*Featured Image Via New York Post