Dramatic video shows tense moments, seconds before a wild crash that left a 49-year-old mother from southern Jamaica in unimaginable pain as she was trapped between two cars.
“All we can do is pray,” neighbor Sharon Brown said. “Pray for this to change things, and we ask God to have mercy on this family.”
Brown said her husband’s car was one of several cars that were hit on Sunday in a violent incident that police say happened just before 8:30 a.m.
Video obtained by NY1 shows a landscape truck hitting a parked BMW multiple times, leading to a handful of neighbors approaching the truck on foot.
But instead of getting away cleanly, the video shows the truck hitting a parked car with such force that it pinned a 49-year-old woman between two cars.
According to the police, the truck was reported stolen.
“It’s a tragic and painful situation, especially on Mother’s Day,” said Malachi Nicholas, who lives nearby. “I honestly can’t imagine the pain they’re going through right now.”
Nicholas was about to go to a meal with his own mother for Mother’s Day when he learned of the incident.
“I’m grateful my mom is still here and sorry for the loss that happened this morning or for anything this family is going through,” he said. “It’s just sad.”
The nonprofit transit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives told NY1 that prior to Sunday’s violent crash in southern Jamaica, eight people in New York City had lost their lives since May 1 due to of a fatal accident.
Meanwhile, police say the driver’s abandoned landscape truck was recovered from 108th Avenue and 164th Place in Jamaica.
During final checks, police said the victim was in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital. So far, no arrests have been made.