On Monday in New York City, six people were injured after a taxi jumped a curb in New York City and mowed into a full sidewalk of pedestrians.
The shocking event happened shortly after midday on Monday. However, it’s the reaction of about 15 to 20 pedestrians that makes the story so newsworthy.
NYPD Deputy Chief John Chell delivered a briefing shortly after the incident and called the reactions of the pedestrians to help the victims a “remarkable scene.”
The driver struck a bicyclist at an intersection and drove onto the sidewalk. Two women were trapped against a wall by the taxi, said Chell.
Watch the footage from WABC next.
Six people were injured and two of the victims are in critical condition in surgery, said the NYPD Monday. One of the victims is from Mexico and the other is from Ohio.
The cab driver, 60, had minor injuries and was hospitalized but is not in critical condition. Police are investigating what caused the driver to jump the curb, but think that it was an accident and not criminal.
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“Traffic safety is all of our concern, and I will continue working and taking action every day to keep New Yorkers and everyone else visiting our city safe on our streets,” he added.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams also visited the scene and called the crash a “terrible tragedy.” He thanked the good Samaritans for trying to help the victims.
Adams has been pressured recently to put a stop to traffic fatalities. He promised to redesign 1,000 intersections, according to the Gothamist.
Many of us say that we would spring into action if something happened like what was seen in the video, but have never had to. However, the 15-20 good Samaritans that dove into action did just that and proved that there is some good left in humanity. Would you have tried to help the women if you had seen something like this?