People are saying this car rolled onto the sidewalk and ran over someone's leg right in front of the Food Coop. pic.twitter.com/fSiu4UoKDZ
— Aaron Naparstek (@Naparstek) February 22, 2016
A parked car rolled onto the sidewalk in front of the Park Slope Food Coop yesterday evening and pinned a man against a gate. The Daily News reports that the man, a coop member in his 60s, was in front of the fabled collectively owned grocery store on Union Street at around 7:40 p.m. when the compact car slammed into him and trapped him, injuring his leg.
The store is next door to the Squad 1 firehouse. Between the loading zone for grocery deliveries and the space cleared to allow fire trucks to come and go, a long swath of that side of the block between Sixth and Seventh avenues is a no standing zone. It's not clear where exactly the car was parked.
The car had an FDNY placard on the dashboard and a Coexist bumper sticker on the back, passerby and street safety advocate Aaron Naparstek noted.
Coop member Kathleen Keske told the News:
It just started rolling backward, and it was on an angle on the sidewalk. It started slowly backing up on the sidewalk. People were yelling, "Stop, stop!" But there was no driver.
The victim said he was in the neighborhood to celebrate his birthday. After being hit, Keske says he was conscious and "was kind of joking about it: 'What a way to spend my birthday.'"
The News reported that the victim was transported to New York Methodist Hospital. Police and FDNY spokesmen we contacted had no information on the incident.