Thursday, June 25, 2009

i saw this today

dont drink and drive. fucking lame. im still a little shook up. i was literally 10 feet from the lady. some dude from london stopped me on my bike to ask me a question and perhaps saved my life as well. i probably would have tried to bike fast across that street as well. it was strange.

Driver Arrested After Attempted Canal Street Hit-and-Run

Firefighters rush to the side of an injured woman after she was struck by a car at the intersection of Canal and Broadway June 25. Police arrested the driver, at left and in photo below, who allegedly caused the accident.
A woman was rushed to the hospital with multiple injuries after a violent hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Broadway and Canal Street late Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses said a man driving a black Honda CR-V east on Canal Street blew through the intersection at Broadway and slammed into a Lincoln Town Car before attempting to flee the scene south on Broadway around 5:30 p.m., June 25.

The force of the collision sent the Town Car careening into the crosswalk, striking an unidentified woman who was crossing the street at the southwest corner of the intersection.

While the full extent of her injuries was not immediately known, severe cuts and bruises were visible to her head, back, arms and legs. A witness said he saw her fly into the air on impact.

A crowd surrounded the woman as she laid barefoot in the road, shielding her from oncoming traffic until paramedics arrived several minutes later. She was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital for treatment.

The unidentified driver, who was arrested following the incident, only made it about halfway down the block, between between Canal and Walker Streets, before getting stuck in Broadway traffic. A group of men, shouting, caught up to his car, opened his door and pulled him out, detaining him until police arrived. Witnesses said they smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath and saw an open beer can in his car.

“At first, it looked like [the victim] was dead,” said one witness who was standing on the opposite corner, across Broadway, at the time of the incident. He said he watched as the driver tried to get away down Broadway. "But like 40 people came after him," he said.

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