VIDEO: Mom pulls baby from under car after livery cab crashes into them both, TODAY Show spotlights
Rande Iaboni, CNN
10:50 AM, Jun 12, 2013
1:38 PM, Jun 12, 2013
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A car careens onto a sidewalk, bowls over a 17-year-old woman and crushes the stroller holding her 10-month-old daughter. The mother immediately jumps up and frantically begins trying to pull the baby out from under the car.
Within seconds she has her. Both are taken to a hospital, but neither is badly hurt.
The incident was caught on a surveillance camera overlooking a Bronx sidewalk just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say a 68-year-old driver lost consciousness behind the wheel of a livery cab, or a car for hire. The Lincoln Town Car struck one vehicle stopped at a red light and another vacant parked car, and then sped down the sidewalk directly at the mother and her infant.
The surveillance video shows the mother stop, start to go to her left, then pull the stroller back to the right, barely managing to get it out of the way of the front of the car.
But both are struck by the side of the car. The woman is sent sprawling but the stroller is pulled underneath the vehicle, just in front of the rear tire. The impact happened just as the car hit a storefront and came to a skidding halt.
The video then shows the woman rush to the car, fall to her knees and begin tugging at the crumpled stroller. She pulls the child out and quickly carries her away.
Both the mother and child were taken to Lincoln Medical Center in stable condition, according to the police report. Police did not release their names.
The unconscious driver of the livery cab was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. Police said he had suffered a heart attack, CNN affiliate WABC reported.
The stopped vehicle that the Town Car first struck had two passengers inside, but neither requested medical attention, according to police.
George Martinez, the livery owner, told WABC-TV the car's driver was "a nice responsible driver ... always responsible."
CNN's Jesse Solomon and Gary Carter contributed to this report