CROWN HEIGHTS [CHI] — It sounded like two cars collided, when in fact it was a person that was struck and sent flying down Empire this afternoon. The incident took place in front of 675 Empire Boulevard where an elderly Jewish man was crossing, and was struck by a passing SUV.
The force of the impact sent the man flying through the air, and rolling down the road for over 40 feet, where he came to a rest completely motionless. The driver got out of his car, visibly distraught, and began crying “oh my g-d, I killed him!” The victim took a few minutes and began moving.
Hatzalah and FDNY arrived on scene and began treating the victim, who became hostile and wanted to be released saying he wasn’t hurt, while he was bleeding from his head and had many scrapes and bruises all over his body.
He finally agreed to be transported to a local hospital to get checked out. He miraculously did not suffer any serious injuries.