Two women were seriously injured on a Second Avenue sidewalk yesterday afternoon when a motorist jumped the curb and collided with them. Police say a 24-year-old woman was transported to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition with severe leg injuries, while a 23-year-old woman was listed in stable condition with leg injuries. The 24-year-old was reportedly pinned against a light pole.
The unnamed 64-year-old driver lost control of his Mercedes Benz while heading south on Second Avenue at approximately 4:20 p.m., a police spokesman said. He struck the women on the sidewalk outside 919 Second Avenue, near 49th Street. The driver remained at the scene and has not been charged, but the investigation is ongoing.
"This car got cut off and pinned a lady against the pole,” Chris Salamone, who works nearby, tells the NY Post. "From her whole lower leg down was all ripped open — you saw all flesh. She was on the floor when I came out with her legs under the car. It was horrible.”
Doctors who work at a nearby clinic rushed out and began administering first aid almost immediately after the crash, according to Salamone.