NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Good Samaritans are being credited with helping to save a boy’s life after he was hit by a taxi while crossing La Salle Street in Morningside Heights on Wednesday.
Witnesses said 10-year-old Jaden Torres was hit and tossed in the air before landing underneath a parked car.
“He was not driving fast at all,” said witness Sabrina Johnson. “It’s like the little kid ran into the car and the impact spinned him around and pinned in the fetal position underneath the car.”
That’s when Johnson, pediatrician Sabrina Martin and other good Samaritans sprung into action to lift the car off the 10-year-old and pull him out.
“Me, my girlfriend and two other guys lifted the car up and at that time, there was a doctor who also lives here,” said Johnson.
After lifting the car off the boy, Martin kept watch until emergency responders arrived.
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“And when the cab driver got out to look, it was like he didn’t see the little kid. We just noticed the sneaker out there,” Johnson added.
The little boy’s uncle told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman he was blown away by the good Samaritans’ actions.
“It’s just helpful that someone comes up and does that, for someone that they don’t even know,” Craig Freifelder said.
The little boy’s family said he’s at New York Presbyterian Hospital, fighting for his life. However, they said they’re glad he has a fighting chance because the good Samaritans got involved.
While some knew the child, everyone on the block said they were inspired by the men no one knew who helped lift the car.
When paramedics arrived, those same Samaritans quietly disappeared.
No charges have been filed against the driver.
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