NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Shocking surveillance video shows a deli owner rescuing a pedestrian after he was struck by a vehicle in Manhattan on Saturday. Police are still looking for the driver.
It happened around 6:45 a.m. on West 157th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights.READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Officer In Critical Condition After Being Stabbed By Suspect Following Crash
The video shows a blue BMW SUV slam into a man, 62, as he was about to cross the street.
The victim lies underneath the vehicle until the deli owner runs over to pull the man from the wreckage.
“I had to pull the guy out quick, just a matter of seconds… The tires were so close [to his head]. There was a lot of blood,” the good Samaritan told CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon.
Another witness said if the man wasn’t pulled away, the driver might have backed over him.
“I was startled, I was crying. I was caught off guard. It was one of the most disgusting sights I ever saw in my life,” witness Anthony DeMarco said.READ MORE: 12-Year-Old Shot In Brooklyn Remains Hospitalized, Police Searching For Gunman
After the first crash, the BMW driver is seen going in reverse into the intersection, then back toward the victim.
“It actually felt like a movie scene until it was all over and everybody realized that this guy almost killed somebody … He gave me a look that actually put a chill through me,” witness Daryl Brown said.
Police say the driver also struck two other cars.
Witnesses say the suspect eventually ditched the SUV and ran away from the scene.
So far, no word on any arrests.
The man hit by the BMW was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.MORE NEWS: Police: Witnesses Stop Drunk Man From Pushing Asian Woman Onto Subway Tracks In Brooklyn
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