HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Several strangers came to the aid of a Huntington man after a car he had jacked up and crawled under to do some work came down on top of him, Suffolk County police said.
Jose Rios, 47, pulled over on Madison Street near Heckscher State Park around 6 p.m. Thursday after he heard his muffler making noises, police said.
1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports
He lifted the 1993 Toyota Corolla up with a jack and crawled under the vehicle to inspect the problem. That’s when police said the car fell on top of Rios.
Johnny Greenlaw, 37, was riding his bike when heard Rios screaming for help and saw his legs sticking out from underneath the vehicle.
“He was saying, ‘Help me, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,'” Greenlaw told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.
Greenlaw and other Good Samaritans quickly sprang into action after realizing the car was pressing down on Rios’ chest.
“He was running out of air, he was getting quieter and quieter,” Greenlaw said.
The group of strangers lifted the car off Rios, pulling him out from underneath the vehicle to safety, police said.
“I grabbed the middle of the car, I said, ‘You two let’s go,’ we grabbed, I counted to three and we lifted and then a couple of people behind me just grabbed his legs and pulled him right out,” Greenlaw said. “It’s nice for a bunch of strangers to come together like that and he was saying, ‘Thank you, thank you.'”
Officers arrived minutes later and an ambulance took Rios to Huntington Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.
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